Look to Mountains, Look to Sea - Ron Singer


Ron Singer's Look To Mountains, Look To Sea is a chronicle of summer sojourns in Maine since 1969. The thirty-one poems are set in two very different milieu; Deer Isle, on Penobscot Bay, and Weld, in the western mountains. The reader will enjoy Singer's vivid sense of place and his mimicry of Maine's acerbic, funny voices. At the end of the collection Ron states:

My wife, Liz, and I have been renting vacation houses in Maine for a month or more almost every summer since 1969, a total of about five years. The majority of these houses have been in two places. For the first two decades or so, we rented eight or nine cottages or farm houses on Deer Isle, an island in Penobscot Bay. After that, we moved around the state for a while, spending several vacations, for example, in a cottage right on the rocky shore of Spruce Head Island, and several in a snug house in an orchard in Hope. For the past thirteen years, we have rented an isolated old farmhouse in Weld, which is in the western mountains. From Deer Isle and Weld come these poems of eastern and western Maine.

The book was nominated for a 2013 Pushcart Prize and named "Editor's Choice" in the Spring/Summer 2014 issue of The Aurorean, a Maine-based poetry journal. A review and an interview by Laurel Johnson can be found at Midwest Book Review. For more information about Look To Mountains and/or Ron Singer head over to his website here.