Judson Crews

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Carol Bergé

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The Clock of Moss is a work of the Southwest, which Crews introduces to us in its ancient setting, land that “has altered …[but] it seems never altered.” The first section of the book, “In the Explorer’s Hand,” introduces the natural world and the human communities of the land, from Penitentes to farmers to Native Americans. The poems arrive through a range of characters and the landscapes they inhabit—characters who would be at home in the work of Faulkner or O’Connor except, as one of them says, “…naked with a / bandolier and a six-shooter/ You would know it was out/ West.” First published in 1983, The Clock of Moss chronicles the changing of the Southwest and the often difficult journeys of its people.