Tense with Poles
A Ranch Bordering the Salty River
By Stephen Page
Reviewed by Kate McCahill
Stephen Page’s twenty-poem collection, “A Ranch Bordering the Salty River,” explores the second half of a life, as Page’s narrator navigates the transitions from city to country, from intellectual toil to physical labor, and from youth to middle age.
In language rich with natural imagery and tense with the poles of joy and disillusionment, Page has written a collection that leaves an indelible imprint. These layered stories-in-poems render birth extraordinary, death ordinary, and the natural world a disappearing muse, a forested siren the narrator yearns to know. Ever relevant and always beautiful, “A Ranch Bordering the Salty River” contemplates the possession of land alongside the inscrutable mystery of the natural world.
Bio Kate Mccahill
Welcome! I’m the author of “Patagonian Road: A Year Alone Through Latin America” (Santa Fe Writers Project, 2017). Editor-in-chief of the Santa Fe Literary Review, I’m also an assistant professor of English at the Santa Fe Community College in New Mexico. Books + words are my first true loves. Learn more at http://www.katemccahill.com/