Gorgeous sound generated by fresh language; a musician's way with rhythm; powerful emotion; treated directly; a disctinctive; individual voice aware of history's flow and not swamped by it: Paul Elisha's memorable book has all of these. This is the work of a true poet. Robert Pinsky, Poet Laureate of the United States, 1997-2000.
The sound and swirl of saltwater haunts the poet in this volume a he moves from the New Jersey coast of his boyhood to the far-flung islands of the Pacific during World War II. Paul Elisha has produced some of the best war poems that I have encountered in many years. William Jay Smith, Poet Laureate of the United States, 1968-1970.