of Out of the Woods
"Bolt writes with a deadly, stiletto-sharp focus and with a passion that
is not only believable, but enticing and contagious."
"...his strange poems strike chords in the reader."
"...a startlingly evocative pastoral. ...Bolt sets
his tone, supports it magnificently, eloquently, as a modern day Frost
stopping by an apocalyptic woods."
"Bolt invents a kind of anti-pastoral...a grimly realistic
version of rural Virginia wholly unlike the one found in Annie Dillard's
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek...a wrecked Eden of barbed wire, refrigerators,
mattress springs, bottomless buckets, glass shards, paint cans, Clorox
bottles, and old Pontiacs. Billing himself as a 'reporter of the unimportant,'
he resurrects his junkyards and polluted streams by turning their intricately
observed decay into the stuff of art. ...a distinguished addition to a
most distinguished series."
"Vivid...psychologically engaging...the entire metaphorical
field is so rich that the plainest words...vibrate from the start with
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by Thomas Bolt.
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