A Terrific Book

Shouldn’t the world pause for at least an instant or two when a poet finds his or her voice and its perfect theme?  If so, it should pause at Andrea Scarpino’s new book, What The Willow Said As It Fell (Red Hen Press, 2016).

This such a beautiful, stunning book, that it seems inadequate to merely describe it, to say that it is a single long poem, a meditation on chronic pain and love and nature and words and the impossibility of ever really understanding what ails us and of explaining it to anyone else—inadequate because that’s not where the poetry is.

Andrea Scarpino

Andrea Scarpino