“Sparkling with energy and intelligence, these poems are like chips in a mosaic, spare, hard, precise, and with a classic humanity and grace.”—David Malouf
“The poems are exquisite and comprehensive. Their music and surface beauty invite intense scrutiny, asking us to look deeper and better—at the objects they describe, but more importantly at the resources and effects of description itself.”—The Chicago Review
Sources, Devin Johnston’s third book of poetry, returns ad fontes: to sources in Greek and Latin, secret derivations, wellsprings of feeling, and forces of nature. Sonically alert, these poems attend to the world with restless curiosity.
Born in 1970, Devin Johnston, author of two previous books of poetry and a book of criticism, currently lives in St. Louis. He teaches at Saint Louis University and directs Flood Editions, an independent publisher of poetry.
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