"I like the wide sweep of it. There are many mysteries between father and son that people don't talk about... There's much leaping, but each line, so to speak, steps on something solid." --Robert Bly on father and son sequence.
As the Globe & Mail (Canada) noted in a review of The Collected, from which many of the father poems are reprinted: "The heart and core of this book is a series of dramatic monologues and dialogues between father and son..."
Garrison Keillor's reading of title poem on Writers' Almanac, http://jjwebb.ihwy.com/rosycrossfather/godisinthecracks_keillor.mp3
Of Russian-Jewish heritage, my Talmud-conversant father--a Chicago-based podiatrist by profession--came unhinged after my mother, a former Miss Chicago, died at age 42.