Way, by George Dorsty (Greenfield, Mass.: Tribe
Press, 2004). 2 pages, 15½ x 4½, letterpress printed,
hand bound, accordion folded. No ISBN. $4.00 postpaid
from the author at PO Box 33, Jamesport, NY 11947.
Way is the second volume in editor Vincent Tripis
Pinch Book series and contains nine poems by a poet
who is gaining a reputation for solid work. George
Dorstys poems do what the best haiku do: they
allow the reader an effortless entrance to a scene
through objective details and then the room to move
about independently. The title poem,
a nice nod to Bashô, but also reveals something
about the poet and then asks something of its reader.
The poems in the chapbook are different enough not
to be repetitive in such a small collection. Yet
they all celebrate life and allow us to get comfortable
within them. Or in the case of the last poem,
us to just be. I find this poem particularly appealing
and wonder exactly what or who is the mountain?
fine addition to a fine series.