I have known Thomas Crowe for twenty-five years or so, as poet, writer, editor, and community activist. Before he returned to North Carolina he was a neighbor in my part of California. I have always respected his work and dedication as someone who has truly found both his place and his work, and recommend him highly. [He] speaks from a fluency with landscape and an ease with language like water. At home in both.
— Gary Snyder, author of Turtle Island
Thomas Crowe's phrasing of the voices that resound throughout the hill country of western North Carolina echoes the mutually-enhancing presence of humans and the Earth that is the high experience to which we are called. He reminds me of Tao Chien—the 5th century Chinese poet.
— Thomas Berry, author of The Dream of the Earth
Crack Light is
breathtakingly beautiful. The deep-rooted setting and natural
imagery are incredibly powerful, and the stunning black-and-white
photography has enhanced the energy of the poet's words. I was
thrilled to see some of my favorite TRC poems in this collection --
"The Perfect Work," "A Song of Devotion," "Occam's
Razor," "Returning Home," "In Permanence." I
also really liked the poem "Stewardship" that was dedicated to
his partner Nan Watkins. The poems "Chores," "Song of the
Skycscraper Dreaming of Corn," "Laws that Run through the
Flow" also hit home. I especially liked "Breaking New
Ground"...which spoke to me more than any other in this collection.
"Masks" was also one of the best in the book, as it reminded
me of W.S. Merwin's poem "Forgotten Language" where he
writes "I want to tell what the forests were like. / I
will have to speak in a forgotten language." And then
there is "The Sacred"-- an incredibly powerful note on which to
end the book. TRC has nailed it with this book; it's a
— WIll Harlan, Blue Ridge Outdoors
Crowe is a new kind of literary voice in which both local and global perspectives are compatible, even requisite.... His work is part of a movement in American writing that is perhaps the most significant developnent since the emergence of the Beats and the New York School in the ’50s.
— Jim Wayne Miller, author of The Mountains Have Come Closer