By John Koethe
"As a poet who's a instructor of philosophy, John Koethe understands higher than so much folks the makes use of and dissatisfactions of either disciplines, if certainly they're disciplines. during this ravishing and haunted e-book he comes head to head with the time whilst 'more than part my lifestyles is gone,' and needs to attempt to locate the which means of 'a childish/dream of affection, after which the lack of love,/and the entire complex years between.' As humorous and clean because it is tragic and undeceived, Falling Water ranks with Wallace Stevens' Auroras of Autumn as one of many profoundest meditations on life ever formulated by way of an American Poet."
"To describe with unpromising candor the interior lifetime of a guy adrift within the waning of the twentieth century is something, yet to do it with no shred of self-pity is one other. The poems of his new e-book, Falling Water, are like not anyone else's. In them, even the main severe labor of awareness are remodeled into the luminous measures of gorgeous speech."
"In this formidable quantity, the superb poet who gave us The past due Wisconsin Spring strikes ever extra rapidly and surefootedly into the inner most areas of self-invention: the prior — few poets write extra properly and painfully approximately that uncanny estranged position that by no means reveals its manner out people; the current, or notion of the current, as mere projection, and but a projection so poignantly, materially, tenderly touched it gleams with all its claustrophobic distances; and the future...'I want that point may possibly deliver the longer term again again/And permit me see issues as they used to appear to me/Before i discovered myself by myself, in an emancipated state—/Alone and loose and filled...' With its low-key clean verse, its it appears informal demeanour of speech, its digressions, asides, memories — with all its taking its time — this can be a poetry of amazing undertow, all proximity of suggestion, singularity of contemplation, protest, pretext, mirrored image — all disenchantment after which, unexpectedly, blazing re-enchantment, with the newly, lovingly, seen-through real."