One Sky to the Next, by Christopher Buckley


“Witness/participant, ‘blasé as a boulevardier/ in the spring Paris air,’ Buckley couples a lyric poet’s urgency with a storyteller’s feral patience: ‘claptrap until my heart started doing double-takes—/ the bus driver with my retreating hairline, the mechanic/ with my beard and a little wound of ink or motor oil/ leaking from his breast pocket.’ These poems will take you, reader, from ‘the edge/ of the cliff’ to ‘the tideline’ and ‘outside the Arlington Theater’ of a remembered matinee into a rumination on coyotes and stars.  From OneSky to the Next—both in, and out of, this world—one of the strongest collections I’ve ever read—keeps pulling me back.” —Roger Weingarten