High Water Mark
This is the best, most spectacular book of prose poetry to be published in years. David Shumate is an original writer because he does not play tricks with language or worry about what kind of stance he will take. The poems are woven from a natural voice that uses daily human knowledge and experience to paint timeless portraits that reverberate with imagination and a trust in simple language. The result is a book that emerges from the growing self-consciousness of the prose poem to show us how straight-ahead vision carries the most weight. Awarded the 2003 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, this writer is headed for great things.