"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