Someone once said that a good poem is like a rattlesnake. You kind of slide along for a while – a sense of beauty mixed with a sense of menace – and then there’s a rattle at the end. I think this describes Bazzett’s poems well, especially if you add in a dash of humor (see “From the Book of Time” – – – http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1107&context=booth). My two favorite (on my first time through – because I will go back to this all too brief collection) were “The Mirror” and “The Unknown.” Both are haunting and pitch-perfect. Bazzett is the master of the line break. His poems demand to be read out loud and several times.
Mention must also be made of the great cover photo by Alec Soth.
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Full disclosure: I have the honor of working with this guy!