Riverfall, poetry by Simmons B. Buntin

About the Book.


Reviews & Interviews

“Just the energy around the forthcoming book was enough to fully launch me back into serious writing. For the first time in years, I carried a pocket-sized notebook and pen with me everywhere I went, filling it with notes, lines of poetry as they came to me, and, to my delight, scribbled drawings from my young daughters. ”

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— Interview with Kate Greenstreet, every other day, July 1, 2006

“Throughout Riverfall, Buntin employs a hard, authoritative diction to great effect.... It is important to note, however, that Buntin is not nearly as interested in the form of language as in what the language is saying. The poems of Riverfall succeed because they inventively express Buntin's most compelling visions, convictions and doubts. The poems mattter to the reader because they matter so strongly to the poet. ”

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— Peter Kline, Shenandoah, Spring/Summer 2006

“From the epistolary vision of Charles Darwin writing his sister on board The Beagle as he tours the Galapagos Islands to the William Carlos Williams tribute of 'Great American Chicken,' Riverfall overflows with rich language and mythical imagery. Pick it up, and be prepared to be swept away.

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— Jarret Keene, "Death by Water," Tucson Weekly

Riverfall is a beautiful contribution to the conversation on place and belonging in the natural world.

— Alison Hawthorne Deming, author of Science and Other Poems, Genius Loci and other collections

“Collection from American editor of Terrain.org — a journal of the
built & natural environments — reflecting the poet's interest in such
matters. Poems encompass both real and imagined geography taking in
letters of Charles Darwin along the way. A bold collection embracing
intriguing ideas and finding new views on established themes
as in
the line 'Good fences make dead neighbours'.”

Books Ireland

“Without a doubt, though, the most appealing poem of this section if not the entire collection is 'Coyote.' This poem, like the book itself, strikes me as creating a balance between myth and direct observation that is hard to beat.

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— Peter Huggins, "Mythmaking," Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments

Riverfall’s haunting, lyrical poems are full of light and darkness, myth and realism. This collection guides us ‘into bluebrown darkness, through/ the madness of tangled mangrove,’ submerges us in the terrains where we really live, then allows us to float to the surface, and hear ‘the river desperate/ in flood—his chest filling/ with the thick/ liquid of song’. These are evocative poems with resonant depth, like ‘the slow echo of stone chipping stone.’”

— Suzanne Frischkorn, author of Red Paper Flower and other collections

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