that he's the "heron with no business sense." As he writes in the funny and true-feeling poem "A Note to My State-Appointed Job Counselor":
The only talent I have
Is to be able to smell each new season
Before it comes
In the hair of women.
His Shaker-clear voice is that of the prairie and the country, evoking John Clare from 19th-century England, the flensed-to-the-bone work of the great Norwegian poet Olav H. Hauge and the aphoristic lyrics of certain ancient Chinese poets.
from The New York Times: Finding Country Truths in Nature and in People