"When language wanted to cross the Styx, ford the Amazon, end up on the other side of the Liffey, and reconnoiter the Yangtze,
it called upon the ultimate explorer. His name: Ray Garman. His game: it ain't a game. His preoccupation: today, now, in your
hands, folks, c'mon now, let me introduce you to What Happens to Poetry when it takes you for a ride that's as far as you
want to go, as near as your ear, and in the din of dumb, a smart, tart response. Let's journey to liquid land, into effervescent
streaming, torment torrent."
- Bob Holman
“The poems of Crossing
Waters navigate the troubled passages a man encounters when life as he wishes it to be is swept away. Here
is the white water of disaster,
the cross-current of resistance, but also “a certain spacious expanse” of insight and love
that opens into “bigwinds and horizons.” In these sometimes jazzy blues, Ray Garman sings into
the soul’s atmosphere.”
J. C. Todd
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