Martin Galvin’s Comments

Each of these poems started from something I read or saw or remembered. Like many poets, I trusted that affectionate side of the brain to find my way for me. The fiction in the poems starts from a subconscious response to the scene or story, so I guess it reveals more about me than the making process. Each one of them, too, went through many drafts. Sandburg’s place outside of Asheville, N.C., is a lovely place to absorb; I’d be happy to respond to any particular poem and its genesis if you would e-mail me at To do more would be to invite some restlessness or boredom, things which poets abhor as much as readers do.

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