Boy on a Doorstep (Paperback)
Poetry. In this transcendent new collection, memory is the fulcrum of clear-eyed, beautiful, and life-affirming reflection. Richard Foerster's BOY ON A DOORSTEP brings together some of his finest work of seven previous volumes, plus a generous gathering of new visions. It is a map of a man's life and the events that formed it, yet also that of the boy who, with memory as an engine of emotional growth, is transformed by those very stirrings. His subjects refract family, lovers, nature, joy, grief, history--all with the mirrored self--acceptance gained by years, made possible by allowing the past to transform us, rather than deter us. These are poems of deep maturity, superb craft, and indelible imagery; a perfect anthology of this poet's art, which moves one to recognize the very truths captured by concentrated observation, visceral intellect, and resolute acceptance of lessons learned.--Philip F. Clark.