Speed of Life by Edward Kleinschmidt Mayes

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This is a book that never swerves from its purposes and never allows the reader to. These poems are at the harsh center of things—in the urban sprawl, in the crucible of action, on the scene of the crime. The marvel is that the poet never forgets the obligations and enchantments of language. These are strong, memorable and also compelling poems.

—Eavan Boland