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Author: Bruce Dethlefsen

Publisher: Firewood Press (2009)

"In this, his third and largest collection of poetry, Dethlefsen does most everything right. He is a master of drawing word pictures that are at once narrative stories, melodies, and free association free-for-alls.

In Breather, Dethlefsen flows from the concrete to ethereal.  He orbits around the collective unconscious like a Jungian astronaut—his interior radar big enough to find meaning in both the great moments and the small nuances of life. This is the blessing of the mature poet—one who has lived hundreds of lives and can bring this diversity of experience to us as a numinous pool of images to soak in. Breather is an exceptional collection of poetry."

–Charles Ries