The Black Bear Inside Me
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"Poems are as large as the soul of the one who made them--one of the rare examples of justice this world affords. Behold in these poems a soul as deep and all-encompassing as humanity can boast. Behold the thread of mourning in a Scottish reel, the tally of enslavement in the lacerated hands of a Cambodian deckhand; behold, above all, the record of joy. Joy is the miracle here, a stubborn daily devotion to our broken world."
"These celebratory and mournful poems, so artful and intelligent, so smart and sharp with linguistic leaps and returns and reversals, derive from Becker's imaginative encounters with the everyday, often in its immediacy--a hummingbird, a black bear, a coppiced tree, a Yankee barn sale. Becker is the perfect companion, intimate and revelatory, with whom to see the world."