This all-new collection by former Alaska poet laureate smoothly blends his life in Maine, his years in Alaska, and his love of Chinese poetry—which has been a key influence on his work—into a lyrical fantasy that will enchant lovers of verse. These tightly rhythmic, compact eight-line poems demonstrate a rare deftness with—and an even more uncommon ear for—language, revealing poetic form to be neither a puzzle nor an accomplishment in itself, but a compositional tool and a spur to creativity.
"I Think Again of Those Ancient Chinese Poets is a collection of poetry from Tom Sexton as he ties in the traditional Chinese poetry into his own reflections on Alaska. A thoughtful blend, I Think Again of Those Ancient Chinese Poets is a strongly recommended read, not to be missed."—Wisconsin Bookwatch, April 2011
"He's an atavistic avatar of how to look hard yet write simply."—The New York Times