Trim size: 5.500in x 8.500in
Pub Date: 03/15/2009
List Price: $19.95
John Casteen is a craftsman in his life and in his poems. Just as any good carpenter understands the wood upon his lathe, down to its xylem and its phloem, its roots, its weathered bark and leaves, Casteen knows language at its most cellular level; and he makes poems that are durable and elegant, solid not just for their construction but for the sense of stewardship that he brings to the task of writing. In the deepest sense, these poems are true: he does not shy away from the ethical problems of his age, nor does he reduce their complexities. What does it mean to sharpen tools, to hew and saw, to hunt, to take from the bountiful world? 'I owe a debt I don't know how to repay.' But these poems are a most generous repayment, a fine new forest upon the land, one that will endure.
—D. A. Powell, author of Cocktails