In this collection of treasures, Tony Quagliano continues to live, and to show us that poetry
matters—and life and laughter and places, and ideals, and doubts all matter. His politics and
science are timeless. How wonderful to hear his music again.
—Maxine Hong Kingston, editor of Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace (Koa Books)
Do they scream inside Paradise? They certainly do, and Tony Quagliano makes you hear it. Does
Paradise also persist despite the screaming? It certainly does, and Tony lets it roll out in splendor. In his cool voice and lean lines you hear also the roar of our age with its mysteries and sorrows in plain sight. These are works of wisdom, instruction, and beauty.
—Andrei Codrescu, author of Jealous Witness: New Poems (Coffee House Press)
Tony Quagliano's spare, straight forward poems always surprise and delight. Whether he is talking
about Diamond Head, Molokai, Oahu, the images he paints stay in our heads. He is witty,
sharp—often a surprise at the end of the poems. I love his stories, poems about other poets. Unique, strong and touching. I miss him but am so glad for these poems.
—Lyn Lifshin, author of Barbaro, Beyond Brokenness (Texas Review Press)
The poems of Tony Quagliano will always feel utterly transporting and transformative. He encountered the days and nights in their many lights and rhythms, absorbed them, became them, exchanged the deepest gifts of listening and looking.
—Naomi Shihab Nye, author of Honeybee (HarperCollins)