"Jackson Mac Low's poetry and prose exceeds narrow definitions of artists by movements or poets by style. His work began with and returned to timeless subjects such as children, animals, love, war, death, and God, diverging at points into rigorously imposed structures, systems, and chance operations in an effort to suppress the ego in his art. At one point, embarrassed by his depth of feeling, Mac Low confesses to being an "existential poet," a declaration that such poem's titles as "A Lack of Balance But Not Fatal" contradicts with modest and generous humor. This is an important and often very moving anthology of Mac Low's thought, at the same time as it reflects the preoccupations of his generation and ranges over a wide variety of approaches to writing and art making.Thing of Beautyis a "manifesto," the term Mac Low would use to describe expressions of personal truth; and his are beautiful."--Kristine StilesMac Low, Jackson is the author of 'Thing of Beauty New and Selected Works', published 2007 under ISBN 9780520249363 and ISBN 0520249364.