Grant Clauser, Poet
Many readers dislike poetry because it’s, well, poetic, employing technical maneuvers like alliteration and assonance (and repetition). According to popular wisdom, prose is plainspoken; poetry is fancy. Poems don’t seem to say what they mean; they dance around the simply stated truth, impressed with their sophistication and refinement. The poet Grant Clauser offers a bracing antidote to this point-of-view in his beautiful book “Reckless Constellations,” winner of the 2016 Cider Press award. Like former Laureate Ted Kooser, Clauser writes about humble objects and moments, imbuing them with the gravity of timeless stars. His words are easy to understand and difficult to forget.