rating: 4 of 5 stars
Laverne Frith strives for clarity and sparseness in his poems. His words paint minimalist watercolors of nature imagery, observations of human nature, and responses to photos and paintings. These lines from "Spirit Moth" demonstrate his compactness of form: "spread wide you are / the umbrella of morning". In a sense, these poems are almost evocative of Japanese forms, where each word must matter.
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