The poems were written over a ten year period, and represent a number of stylistic and conceptual forays. The work is described by the poet Jim Bertolino as “generous and sophisticated in their arresting images and their beautiful accuracies.” Suzanne Paola, winner of a 2002 National Book Award states: “Piper refuses to haunt only the material world, thoughthe poems are rich with perfect observations. He always considers courageously the rich suggestiveness of the world he sees, its edges of sorrow and the always difficult implications of human presence.” Finally, Rick Newby, a Montana writer and editor notes that this is “a deeply felt first collection composed out of the fabric of particulars pushed to the verge of lyric abstraction.”
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