How We Spent Our Time: Poems by Vern Rutsala
These poems are conversational but endlessly skillful in the ways that keep the language vivid and fresh and surprising; they are equally skillful in the ways they evoke so much that is elemental, and essential, about our lives. As I read them again, the feeling I get is something like a pang of satisfaction. This is what it it's like, I believe, to be a fully living, thinking, feeling human being. This is what Auden meant when he described poetry as 'the clear expression of mixed feelings.' This is why we read. How We Spent Our Time is flush with pangs and satisfactions, abundant with wisdom and delight. Read it and see. —Robert Wrigley
University of Akron Press
Rustala, Vern, "How We Spent Our Time: Poems by Vern Rutsala" (2006). University of Akron Press Publications. 97.