About the Poems of Eugene Ruggles
Muriel Rukeyser put it succinctly in a blurb on the back of his only book:
These poems have been gathering power and music until The Lifeguard in the Snow is here in full mastery. Intimate courageous, wester, it is a fresh gift to American Poetry.
Re-reading this collection thirty-one years after its publication, this is still true. And I suspect it will be a fresh gift thirty years from now.
It can truly be said of Eugene Ruggles that all of his poems are love poems.
link to Lifeguard in the Snow at Amazon