SERIAL KILTER presents well-crafted, wide-ranging stories in verse about voyages in space and time: July Travels to the artist’s life in the south of France; La Rambla portraits of Barcelona... More > street life; doctors, patients, and impatience running up against Mortal Health; nature on the north Holland coast in Enkhuizen Spring; inexorable awareness of inexorable aging in The Olding Man; visits and insights from a big-worded, fond-of-drink Padre; attempts at seeing sense in the anguish of War, and returning to where perhaps never was in Take Me to the South combine into an exhilarating exploration of worlds in our world.< Less
"I found it nearly impossible to characterize Sometimes in Balance. Like a complex wine, whose blend of many fleeting perfumes and tastes leaves an unforgettable experience, I found in these... More > poems glimpses of a poetic kinship with Edgar A. Robinson, with Auden, with Anthony Hecht, with
Poe. And the list could go on. Alan Reynolds’ work is the closest approach to poetic shape-shifting as I have encountered.
Introspect, humor, prophecy, surgically-precise
exposition of motives and manners — all combine here in a delightful, enduring and scintillating presentation.
The book may be read at any starting point, or methodically from front to back. But whatever you do, read it and enjoy." Jerry H. Jenkins.< Less