Written by Candace Black
“Set against a Midwestern backdrop of seasonal turnings and yearly migrations, the poems of Candace Black’s The Volunteer sink their roots deep into the rich soil of dailiness, into what William Carlos Williams called the ground sense necessary. These are quiet, confident poems filled with a wise and steady intimacy, and they possess that remarkable and rare gift to say always, and only, what is true.”—Robert Hedin
“Candace Black’s poems, like the volunteer of her title, are pure gift. They spring, as if spontaneously, from the common clay of everyday experience—love, marriage, family, birth and death. In fresh, precise, evocative language, these poems prove the examined life worth living.”—Madeline DeFrees
Candace Black grew up on U.S. Marine Corps bases in southern California, and received an MFA from the University of Montana. Her work has been published in many journals and has won a 1988 Loft Award and a 1998 SASE Jerome Foundation Fellowship. She lives in Mankato, Minnesota, with her husband, poet Richard Robbins, and their two sons.