River Poems is Doug Underhill's 11th book and his third collection of poems. River Poems unveil sheer joy and serenity of nature that nourishes our human spirit and produces tranquility and repose.
In the Introduction to River Poems David Adams Richards writes:
“He can write deftly about things as seemingly simple as fiddleheads or pine cones, and as monumental as great blocks of stone torn away from a mountain’s side, thousands of years before, struck and seared by lightning a huge millennium ago. And he can make us see how both are important to us.”
“There is much in this collection that shows us what people are and can be. Underhill writes of old men, and wives, children and grandfathers with humour and compassion. All reflected within the light of winter and spring, and fall again. His greatest poems achieve this sense of communion between we as a people, and the seasons we live in and for.”
Only the Salt
Underhills most recent collection of poems. It has three sections: Prose Poems, Human Nature and Natural World. Well known Canadian poet, publisher and critic Fred Cogswell says "if you want in poetry what John Milton called `the precious life and blood of a master spirit, read Underhills prose poems, these poems are such pure radiations of the intensity of mind over matter."
George Elliot Clark has written "Underhill canvasses nature and human nature. He has an eye for some arresting details, especially in his prose poems."
The Lazy Time of Day
Underhills first collection of poems. St. Thomas University Professor Allen Bentley says "Everything in this book manifests James Joyces litany: the transforming of nature and life into art..a real and a fresh voice of the lyrical imagination."
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