Poet, publisher, photographer, hiker, essayist, critic, conversationalist, correspondent, conservationist, "dilettante true to his delicto," "truffle hound of American poetry," activist, amorist,
literature—the way we ripen ourselves
by conversation, said
Edward Dahlberg . . .
we flower in talk, we slake
our thirsts in a brandy of heated speech, song
sweats through our pores,
trickles a swarm
into the sounding keyboard,
across the blackened paper . . .
always idle—before and
with sticky feet—"Enthusiast," in his Jubilant Thicket: New and Selected Poems
(Copper Canyon Press, 2005)