A wise philosopher once said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” In Rustin Larson’s The Philosopher Savant, life is surely examined—and
remarkably imagined—in poems alive with surprising imagery, fresh metaphors, and a deeply empathic voice for important people, places, and
things. True to any philosopher (or poet) worth their salt, Larson makes us think and see the world differently—as when describing the cold “The wind
put its lips to the house like Alaska” or a child’s fall from a tree “I let go like a sawn branch from an elm tree./I fell and collected the ground with my body.”
These are poems rich with deft leaps and perfect landings, from a poet whose growing body of work is well worth serious examination.
----Christopher Seid, author of Age of Exploration, Winner of the 2015 Blue Light Book Award