George Lober

Rainbow Eucalyptus

George Lober’s  pays the deep attention to life one can only regard as prayer when the poet writes “I find a river when I want to pray,/when I need the solace of riffling light;/a river will hear what you have to say.”  Yet, Lober is no stranger to the concerns of our time. “What They Do Not Do” captures the moment a teacher looks at the eyes of his student-vets, back from combat, “and their clear eyes say,/We’re ready. We’re here. Tell us, Sir,/ something you think is important.” We may come to recognize ourselves in these poems, which come at a time when we need them most.

—Margaret Paul, author of Scrimshaw and Borrowed World

With careful rigor and attention to form, George Lober’s poems step carefully through minefields of emotions. Beneath their placid surfaces, these poems wrestle with the loss of a friend, a parent, the experience of teaching in a military post-graduate school. At heart, these are love poems—they exude an unflinching commitment to avoid easy answers. I love the quiet endings, as when the speaker searches for “something beyond/words I could look for and possibly/find, receive but not possess.” Ah, how much are we in need of that quiet receptivity, that connection that makes us, at the last, human.

—David Allen Sullivan, former poet laureate of Santa Cruz, author of Black Butterflies Over Baghdad, and Seed Shell Ash

George Lober’s new collection, Rainbow Eucalyptus, offers vignettes of human experience and nature rendered in a series of exquisite poems. He shares meditative revelations such as the way the descent of a blue heron landing upon a kelp bed depicts the conjunction of poet, bird and reflection as the very definition of poetry. Each poem is a jewel composed of precise, evocative language drawn from the heart.

—Jennifer Lagier, author of Weeping in the Promised Land and Postcards From Paradise