In The Salty River Bleeds, Stephen Page writes about place, nature, and people in poems that pack images, whether written in couplets or free verse. Even when writing about the earth, Page includes a mythic quality in his writing.
There are many notable entries here, but I will mention a few:
“Jonathan Goes to Search for It at Sunset” leads the collection strongly and hints at that combination of earthy writing that winks at mythology.
“Dear Nephew” and “Dear Father” are epistolary but function as poems. I love the combination of these forms.
“Tattler” combines elements of poetry and prose. Again, I appreciate the mingling of forms.
“On a Winter Walk” shows what the poet can do with only four short lines.
Sometimes ethereal, other times visceral, there is much to appreciate in Page’s work.