Review by: Fred Chappell, author and poet - June 15, 2014
Catharine Savage Brosman knows what she is about: “the aim of verbal art / is beauty, sorcery—seducing mind and heart.” On the Old Plaza is a seductive collection in many ways. It celebrates mature contentment in lyrics like “A Late Summer Idyll,” but it also recounts with charm and liveliness an adventure in “A Voyager’s Journal.” This poet has added another bright honor to her grand career.
Review by: Constance Mastores, author of A Deep But Dazzling Darkness - June 15, 2014
I have found these poems of Catharine Savage Brosman a constant source of pleasure. Wit, humor, satire, and surprising tenderness are part of these delights, but so, too, is the story of a late romance and the drama and beauty of landscapes. As to be expected in poems written from the advantage of wisdom and age, there are funerals, farewells, and gravestones, but it is the radiance of life—all life—that prevails in this exquisite collection.
Review by: William Wright, founding editor of Town Creek Poetry and series editor of The Southern Poetry Anthology; author of Tree Heresies (forthcoming from Mercer University Press) - June 15, 2014
With a felicity, lucidity, and formal grace unmatched in contemporary poetry, Catharine Savage Brosman’s poems endow me with guidance and joy. Her new collection, On the Old Plaza, foregoes the “old suspicions of unease” for the “language of substantial” illuminations and “currents of surprise.” Articulate, extraordinarily focused, intensely wise, these poems reveal a fecund mind attuned to the highest music—a poetry clear, complex, and timeless.
Review by: David Slavitt, author of Civil Wars: Poems - June 15, 2014
“How would one tell this to the blind—of eye, imagination, spirit?” This is a question Catharine Savage Brosman asks as she describes an astonishing piece of landscape in “Vermilion Cliffs,” but the question generalizes to explain her precision, patience, and painstaking accuracy as she sees through the film of what’s there to the mystery behind what’s really there. She is not showy but is quietly impressive in one after another of these fine demonstrations of the morality of vision. On the Old Plaza is a celebration of American life and landscape.