For Dear Life
How beautifully Ronald Wallace marries the haiku's brief resonant perception with the sonnet's musical dialectic! It's a marriage of argument and awe, brought together with great formal agility. I love the deep humanity, the mix of wit and rue in For Dear Life—the wisdom that knows its limits, the irony that ends not in bitterness but delight, affirming both the passing of time and its continuation. All our most crucial questions are raised here with a humor and intelligence that make them new and all the more urgent. These are poems to cherish and keep close at hand.