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By Mike Barnes

Shortlisted for the 1997 Gerald Lampert Award

The poems in Calm Jazz Sea exhibit a global without end changing into and disappearing, watched over and dealt with lightly by way of the compassionate intelligence of Mike Barnes. within the daily and the ephemeral foodstuff, beverages, climate, paintings, moments of solitude or connection he reveals how you can have interaction the key subject of humanity: what horrifies, astonishes, or comforts us. just like the sea of the identify, stressed and receptive, the language of the poems strikes via many degrees of voice: from a simple vernacular to the tension of dialog, or from the proper list of sensual subject to the insubstantial gestures that represent thought.

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