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what nature brings a naturalist's attentiveness to poetry. Fay combines a command of the poetic craft with rich descriptive exactness as he describes physical and psychological landscapes, particularly of his native Midwest.
"The poems of Steve Fay aren't like anyone else's; his voice carries its own authority--original in both senses of the word, with a taproot deep into origins, while arrestingly fresh in language and vision." --Eleanor Wilner
"Steve Fay is a rich and rare poet. His Western Illinois world is a haunting place. It is here he invites his readers to take part in the mysteries he celebrates." --John Knoepfle