Enlightenment, it can be said, is a stringing together of momentary blissful connections. Each of these poems is indeed such a moment. As a book they string together one's life, that portion of one's life that can be said by a poet:
"We are no longer strangers.
She lies beside me in sunlight,
and already I know her like a memory."
Listening: New & Selected Works is such a stringing together, and somewhere in the beauty of the language there is an awakening, the poet's for sure, and ours if we let it. We could say life is a stringing together of momentary blissful connections, the good and the beautiful, that stay with us and both define and illuminate our lives. And that does not negate the terrible. The terrible allows us to draw truth to our journey as well. The poems in this volume allow us to connect these moments and enjoy the poet's journey