Greg Watson's poetry carries an everyday eloquence that harbors elements of mystery and sangfroid by turns. There are times when it's difficult to tell one from the other as images and thoughts develop with even-tempered grace. He is a master at evoking the silences that grow between lovers the emotional undertow of gentle rain the allure of shadows and the bitter-sweet power of memories and mute artifacts to keep us chained to the past.
The chief wonder of the body of work contained in this collection is how consistently playful and imaginative individual poems-many of them with seemingly dour subjects-turn out to be. The conceit at work may be architectural as in "Love Poem in Three Separate Rooms" or "In an Imaginary Barn Alone" or it may be meterological as in "Mapping the Rain" or "Sounds Heard During an Afternoon Storm in September." There are occasional poems ("Elegy for the Hungry Mind Bookstore") and love poems in which carnal elements develop a subtle metaphysical sheen ("When at Last Our Bodies Met"). One long sequence of short poems "Notes Upon the Silence " delves more pointedly into the Zen sensibility that often fuels the unexpected twists of the poet's more personal and literary themes.
All The World At Once
Greg Watson's work has appeared in numerous literary journals including The Seattle Review Tulane Review and Poetry East. His most recent collections are What Music Remains Things You Will Never See Again and The Distance Between Two Hands. He lives in Saint Paul Minnesota.