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This is a fine, fine book of poems. They are direct but elegant, spare yet large, and often quiet but impossible not to hear. Many of these poems are rooted in a sense of place: Michigan, West Virginia, New Hampshire, and Ireland, among other landscapes. So much contemporary poetry consists of a series of poses. These poems consist of series of stances which, as Frost would say, has made all the difference. A few years ago Dave Smith edited a book of essays on the poet James Wright entitled The Pure Clear Word. That phrase is a good description of the poems in Luminous. In a poem that references James Wright, Hoy writes, “It is raining in Michigan/rivers retrieve their losses/as trees ache into bloom.” These are poems that ache into bloom. Read ’em.  Marc Sheehan, poet, fiction writer, editor, author of Vengeful Hymns