Mr. Pavlic has listened closely to our most profound American art, the blues and jazz, and that music has t only helped him achieve poetic form but allowed him to explore a mesh of experience extraneous to literary theories. He is, doubtless, aware of such theories, but the voices in his poems flow from a denser space, having penetrated a denser reality, returning via the imagination and its many discontents. In many of them, music and its creation/performance are metaphorized into human relationships. This is intimate and soulful work, breathing, brushing, or tonguing its instrument. --Adrienne Rich
ED PAVLICs other books are Paraph of Bone & Other Kinds of Blue, which won the American Poetry Review / Honickman First Book Award in 2001, and his study of African American modernism, Crossroads Modernism (University of Minnesota Press, 2002). His forthcoming books are Winners Have Yet to be Announced: A Song for Donny Hathaway, an epic poem centered on the life and music of the soul singer (University of Georgia Press, 2008), and a prose-poetic photo essay set on a dhow off the coast of Kenya, but here are small clear refractions.