I've become very fond of his poems. Settling In is a good example of his work. This poet has a lovely way of flowing from one line to the next, and one stanza to the next. It's very good writing and is able to carry some tragedy with it. At the same time there is some sort of triumph in “moving toward the center of the universe."
A trip into the woods with Grant Clauser is not simply fishing and campfires; he is one of those, you can tell, who goes to nature in order to “live deep and suck out all the marrow of life” as Thoreau said. Those of us who choose to tag along are well rewarded; there is the beauty of the wilderness, the music of the wild, and the delightful songs of the poet. Ordinary things that pass for life, fussing the late season garden, for example, can evoke curious thoughts and bring on stirring meditations.
-Louis McKee, author of Near Occasions of Sin and Still Life
Grant Clauser's poems carry the reader deep into the dark canyons of grief and loss, then on to life's renewal. They are rich with the flow of language and images which glint like bright minerals sparkling in a creekbed. They moved me deeply, and I savored their reading.
-Howard McCord, author of The Man Who Walked to the Moon
From the book:
Hickory Run with Susan
Stones fill my shoes from the creek,
a pouch of berries plucked
from the morning island's stony bank
and the sweet oakfire scent, succulent
as fruit in you hair.
We follow trails and camp smoke,
a deer feathering the air
with a white flag warning.
The evening landing like
a leaf dropping to the forest floor.
The bear may not be important,
nor the luna moth with its basilisk
wings hanging off the edge of the lantern
and the tree canopy so close
we have to guess at stars.
But the bear is important.
A black shape out of the shadows
and crossing an open meadow
then back into the shadows again like
one of the night's diamond comets.
Because what's important
is not what you see, but
how you look at it,
and what you wish for
as the stars sink out of sight.
Grant Clauser earned an MFA in poetry from Bowling Green State University where he was a Richard Devine Fellow. In 2010 he was selected as the Montgomery County Pennsylvania Poet Laureate by Robert Bly. He makes his living as a home technology writer, though he spends as much time as possible in the woods away from electronic things. His poems have appeared in a variety of journals including The Literary Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Heartland Review, Cortland Review, Wisconsin Review, The Seattle Review, The Comstock Review and others. In 2010 he started the Montco Wordshop, a monthly workshop for area poets, and he has conducted workshops for the Musehouse Writing Center in Philadelphia. His favorite dry fly is the Parachute Adams. His favorite nymph is a basic Hare's Ear with a brass bead.
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