Poetry. Art. The spirit of Horace, the melancholy of time slithering away and turning all to dust, tempered with art, wit and good grace: Solonche's is the Horatian spirit for our time and place.—Ricardo NirenbergWhen his daughter poses a most difficult question, the father in one of the poems in A Beautiful Day, responds, "I'll have to get it right. / I'll have to clear my throat, sigh as wise people / sigh before I say…" Solonche the poet, like Solonche the father, neither sidesteps the crucial questions of the day, nor pretends to have the perfect answers. He sighs and crafts his way with words of care, of wit, of artistry.—James Penha
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Nominated for the National Book Award and twice- nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, J.R. Solonche is the author of thirty books of poetry and coauthor of another. He lives in the Hudson Valley.