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For a long time now Andrew Glaze has challenged the literary establishment with his sharp edges and jagged metaphors. His vivid sense of place and his love of the absurd form little dramas no one else could conceive. A Glaze poem, like his “passing owl,” can make “the skin crawl with its amalgam of death and failure,” yet leave the reader thrilled and exhilarated. Akin to Whitman and Hart Crane, yet differing from both, he has been an essential poet for more than sixty years.
When Emerson cautioned against hesitation, avarice, and following, he didn’t know how big his voice would become through the brilliant metaphors of Andrew Glaze; and here is Glaze again, at the height of the performance as it were, of his own great Shakespearean play, full of love and loss, tears of hilarity, remorse, and joy, that have always included us in the noble South and North of his true America. Here, the Glaze who sees God in the wretched of the earth can echo Mother Teresa while he sings quietly at the base of the Bodhi Tree, waiting for us.
These visionary, playful, sometimes elusive poems are remarkable --ebullient, musical, ever light on their (mostly nonmetrical!) feet. These buoyant dispatches roam the borders of the unsayable, bringing new sense to the “free” in free verse, energy incarnate in word. And though Southern by birth and heritage, Glaze is every bit a Whitmanesque bard of New York City, his true spiritual home. No wonder the sun--giver of light and life--appears in so many of his poems: these joyous valedictories illuminate our mysterious world and deserve our thanks and celebration.
Overheard in a Drugstore confirms that Andrew Glaze is a true American poet in the vein of Whitman, Williams, and Frost. His cadences, his voice and his vision are gleaned from decades of treading our soils. There isn't a page that doesn't sing, a line that doesn't point in the direction of greatness.
Glaze [is] one of the most readable poets we have today. Listen, he says, he's discovered the "straight crookedness of a good walking stick," and he will be our champion in the South and America as long as his books are published -- and after.
Overheard in a Drugstore is a look at this mad universe by a poet who has studied it for nearly a century with a gaze that is intellectually tough, damned fearless, and always humorous. This is the work of one of the very finest poets in America.