The Lost Language of Shadows (2022) from Dempsey & Windle
There is much that is poignant in David Olsen's fifth full collection. An eye for detail successfully allies his precision to a natural tenderness, and the particular with the universal. He is a sympathetic and humane observer of a world in which humanity is often confronted by the unpredictable. As alert to nostalgia as he is to suffering, and the vicissitudes of recent history, he still finds time to linger on life's everyday delights, or to speculate in passing on a snow angel having an afterlife. A beautifully written and deeply thoughtful collection.
~ Paul Surman, author of Places, Seasons of Damage and Beauty, and The Ghostly Effect