High praise

To the Editor:

I glance at poems in Poetry Corner from time to time, but the one featured in the July 16 Mount Desert Islander Extra titled “A Shadow Caste” stopped me in my tracks. It lingered at the edge of my thoughts through the rest of the day.

High praise goes to Paul J. Hansen, who unfolded the story of a lobsterman at the end of his life, a story both sensitive and powerful, worthy of being a short story, but beautifully revealed in an undulating rhythm, so subtle as to be almost unnoticed by the reader.

I hope Hansen will continue to send his poems out into the world to touch the lives of others.

Temple Fourment

Southwest Harbor

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