Praise: For Love of Common Words

“Steve Scafidi's poem 'The Egg Suckers' made me laugh, fidget, and ponder my own path through this omnivorous world. It reminds us that things are constantly happening beneath our very feet, that a secret history is being forged that we'll never read about in the newspapers. Like Theodor Roethke, Scafidi describes a nature that is at least as nasty as it is nice and then lets us know that—oops!—we're on the menu, too. Re-reading 'The Egg Suckers,' I laughed again. And then I made breakfast.”

—David Kirby

“Scafidi’s poetry . . . musically and vividly reminds readers that creation is full of delights both large and small. It reminds us that life is short, that death is inevitable, and that the only mature responses to these hard facts are to be aware of beauty, meaning, pleasure, to take nothing for granted, to care deeply, and celebrate while we can. These are realizations that can quietly transform a life.”

—Jeff Mann, Appalachian Journal

“Scafidi deftly confronts both death and disaster in a manner that is as hilarious as it is serious. . . . In Scafidi’s universe, it’s all right to be a little off-center, because it is in the common, in the everyday that he finds dignity and communion.”

—Karla Huston, Library Journal

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