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A Bounded Space by Ralph Stevens 2
Ralph Stevens’ poems are lessons in mindfulness, of paying attention to the world within and without. So the poems are about looking out—often a window, literal or metaphorical—and taking in what nature unfolds, its story, as well as the people who glide by. The way his images pile up is lovely–a deep contemplation–and sometimes painterly, like when he describes how the winter light turns a room with its sandwich plate and apples into a Vermeer still life. There is a sense of reverence, not just in nature, also in old things, like old houses or barns. The poems are expressions of gratitude in the being and the living, before the dying.