Anyone who becomes acquainted with the poetry of Ed Ochester will not soon forget it....His world whether of memory or of nature, is characterized by miracles: the surprise of a golden bird or a troop of owls, ...a tenderness of perception, and the solace of humanity and love. -- Joe David Bellamy, Academy of American Poets, Poetry Pilot
The power of this work strikes hard, like Wright and Frost did....With this book we're witnessing the kind of poetry that changes American literature. -- Tar River Poetry
What a joy it is for me to see these poems of Ed Ochester. I have been singing his praises for years. He is in a magic place, this poet, whether he is giving his attention to the great past or to the immediate present....He is sane, decent, practical -- wise -- one of our very best poets. -- Gerald Stern
About the Author
Through his writing, editing, and teaching, Ed Ochester has been a major influence on contemporary letters for almost three decades. He edits the Pitt Poetry Series and is general editor of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize for short fiction, both published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. From 1978 to 1998 he was director of the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh, and was twice elected president of Associated Writing Programs. He co-edits the poetry magazine 5 AM, and lives in a rural county northeast of Pittsburgh.