Review of "Smiling at the Executioner", April 2020

"Smiling at the Executioner" is the epitome of what we consider powerful poetry to be. The
emotional and intellectual transport it provides is nothing short of astonishing. Vivid, palpable
imagery saturates the perfect pacing of this svelte, knife-like piece. Your craft is elegant, tight, and
overtly physical throughout; the ebb and flow of your restraint and revelation rewards us in ways that
linger long after your poem has left our lips. Your ability to extend a metaphor tenderly and
unflinchingly is a true gift. Like all great art, "Smiling at the Executioner" is a gift that keeps giving;
we discover more about it, and ourselves, with every reading. Its voice spoke to us immediately,
and we are beyond excited to share it with the world.


Jason Splichal and Jeff Sommerfeld, Founders and Co-Editors,
Sky Island Journal

Sky Island Journal