Rick Campbell



Dixmont is more than a blip on the Doppler screen of American poetry; it measures the weather of our times. Against a background of wars past and present, Rick Campbell wages his own personal battles on several fronts. With an alchemist’s magic, he mixes his “artifacts of impermanence” — humor with history, intelligent design with the toss of a coin, the muse with the scalpel, his daughter’s swing set with his father’s troublesome legacy, finding his own “reference points” in the daily obligations of family life. Because life is literally at stake, somewhere beyond metaphor, Dixmont brings us all “home.”

– Judith Kitchen