Winner of the 1995 Banta Book Prize for a Wisconsin Author
Ronald Wallace is best known for his wit and good humor, his synthesis of technical skill and strong emotion, his sensory immediacy, his accessibility, and charm. Now in Time's Fancy, his fifth collection, Wallace explores the tragic aspects of life more fully, fashioning a declarative poetry that is darker and deeper, more meditative and complex.
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Wallace is also an astute portraitist, capturing his subjects quickly, as in a sonnet sequence that recalls every gesture, vanity and tic of childhood teachers: Mr. Watts ``sat cross-legged on his desk,/ a pretzel of a man, and grinned/ as if chemistry were some cosmic joke.'' He is on less sure ...| Read Full Review of Time's Fancy (Pitt Poetry)