THE CHAIN LETTER OF THE SOUL: New and Selected Poems
By Bill Holm
200 pp. Milkweed Editions $18
Reviewed by Gary Presley
Bill Holm, poet, died in the spring of 2009 at the age of sixty-five. A death by pneumonia stilled the voice that offered the melancholy idea that words mean nothing, and everything. We are reminded of this in the first stanza of “The Dead Get By with Everything.”So many books, so little time ... so many words to sing, so short this life.