"Mother...wants to know why I keep writing," Stewart Florsheim says in his moving and heartbreaking poem, "Mother Wants to Know." "It's not about me I hope," she adds. Well, it is about her, and about us, and about hope, and the interrelation of life and art. I celebrate this new collection of poems which reminds me how we live for those split seconds in which aesthetics can shed light and give meaning to the darkness of our lives. Stewart Florsheim "speaks softly in voices I can understand" ("Scenes") but his words are like the sparrows in this poem, "Viewing Art;" they have wings, they take flight.
--Richard Michelson, award-winning author of children's books and the poetry collection, Battles and Lullabies