Luminous collects forty-five poems that shine with wisdom and grace, vivid snapshots of places, stories from a life well lived, poems of passion, hope, wonder…and fishing. Coyote, legendary god, trickster, teacher, and general pest said of this book, “Damn fine poems.”
LUMINOUS is available from Amazon on both sides of the Atlantic, at discriminating bookstores, or from the poet.
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