Review of Scattered Cranes

Scattered Cranes: Poems By Guinotte Wise

The book (132 pages) explores themes of country life, working construction, and in a poetic voice. Guinotte makes these interesting to read about.

In the poem THEY SHOOT SANDHILL CRANES he describes chasing a hunter down in his truck to find who is shooting at Cranes. And how he learned to respect animals, as he used to be a hunter of quail. A farmer tells him

“Not here,I like to watch them, gives me pleasure what they do”

He finds out that it is legal to shoot sand hill cranes. He cannot believe it.

Poems like this stuck with me through out the book, the kind of back woods poetry I would expect would not care about animals. This showed a deeper character to the author, and his voice. Some true care.

The syntax and composition  of each poem has a quick, and flowing pace, a voice I could speak with, and understand, everything was left out but the grit. In this way the language, somewhat slanted, and composed in fragments of thought, come together into a final suggestive image. Each poem sees through the bullshit, and finds a poem in the nature of reality most would dodge, and in this way the collection is an accomplishment, creating a poetry a working people could find inspiration from.

Zachary Scott Hamilton