Winner, 2006 Mary Belle Campbell Poetry Book Award of the North Carolina Writers' Network

"I have chosen Michael Potts' From Field to Thicket as the winner of the Mary Belle Campbell Poetry Award for several reasons:

Mortality haunts these poems of love, family, friendship, and betrayal. Well-crafted with a casual but elegant formality, they set the scalpel to our conflicted humanity, asking the big questions that don't always have comforting answers.

The poet's sources are revealed in the final stanza of the last poem in the collection: 'I think about what's golden and stolen / from the dead, as I listen to the rusty hooks / of memory . . . .'"

         Jim Clark, Professor/Writer-in-      

         Residence/ Department of English and Foreign

         Languages, Barton College, Wilson, North      

         Carolina

       

From Field to Thicket