Poetry. This book gathers work from Roger Mitchell's previous nine books of poetry and adds a generous selection of new poems. If the poetry of Roger Mitchell seems restless, so are the times in which it was written. Many sorts of mood congregate here-a mix of attitudes and strategies-but the constant is a readiness to stay alert. At home as much in traffic as on the frozen tundra, Mitchell sees the extent and the limits of almost anything. The poems are sometimes somber, sometimes whimsical. These are poems for, and of, a time that put a man on the moon, made constant war, destroyed the world's water, and invented the hula hoop. Which world do you live in? Roger Mitchell lives there, too.
Elaine Sexton at Ron Slate's On the Seawall