Monday, June 20, 2011

Review: Dandelions by Dave Etter

The great American poet Dave Etter writes about the Midwest. Illinois, to be precise, is present on every page. There is no writer that understands the Midwest better than Dave. Dave’s poems are places where people go “Fishing in the slow, green, corn-growing afternoon.” These poems are populated by people who still treasure family Bibles and dream of their spent youth; and the young in these poems dream of their future with an undying optimism. For those of you who haven’t experienced Dave’s poetry there are pieces here that are classic Etter. The titles sing across the pages like a litany. Spring Comes to Lanark, Illinois, The Talk on Railroad Avenue; Rain and the River; The Last Scarecrow; Yesterday I Heard the Rain; Bus Stop; White Oak; Father’s Day; The Farmer’s Twelve Children. Fifty-three poems in all, each a glimpse into the life of a Midwesterner. This is poetry as Americana, a cultural tour de force, unrepentant, laced with melancholy, but celebrating life. Dandelions is published by Red Dragonfly Press and is also available on Amazon. You can visit Red Dragonfly Press HERE.


  1. Great review! I recently discovered the work of Dave Etter and can safely say that I will remain an admirer of his work for the rest of my life. I was in a used bookstore and found a hardcover edition, also inscribed, of his first book, "Go Read the River." Followed that up with "The Last Train to Prophetstown," "Crabtree's Woman," and "Bright Mississippi." A truly remarkable poet.

  2. There's an essay about Dave posted over on my website at Enjoy!


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