So where are we? Lawrence Joseph asks in the title poem of his powerful and moving sixth book. Set against the political realities of the twenty-first century, Joseph presents an intimate, sensuous language of beauty and love, a separate palette kept for each poem, a constant shifting and fluid play of sound and tone. With incisive intensity, intelligence, and emotional force, Joseph speaks from deep within the truths of poetry's common language.
In his first book of poetry, John Freeman, best known as editor of Freeman's Journal, maps the present by way of the past, drawing upon memories of childhood, family, and former loves. Simultaneously international and intimately domestic, Maps is nostalgic with a cool head, and able to examine the world with insightful compassion and grace.