the 2014 recipient of The Ted Plantos Memorial Award.
These five poems confirm Stan Burfield as a poet to be reckoned with. The strong originality of his perception, most especially evident in the powerful, sometimes startling endings, gives ample testament to the fact that his poems honour the award in memory of Ted Plantos. There is real poetry here--the haunting image at the end of his poem "Then I Saw the Vatican," brings to life the connection between painting and viewer almost reifying the object of perception.
John B. Lee