Paradise Root-stock, 2008, Stonington Publishers, Great Barrington, MA
“In his debut poetry collection, Jon Wolston turns his powers of observation to the fleeting and momentary elements of life that, like Thomas Gray’s legendary flower, are “born to blush unseen,” often escaping our notice. With a practiced eye and ear, Wolston has jotted down a robust medley of such occasions for our pleasure and reflection. In these pages, a daddy-long-legs shows up as an unexpected dinner guest, a beloved pet dies suddenly, and lady slippers speak in the Vermont night. The communion that Wolston models is sometimes somber, sometimes whimsical, but always stark in its accuracy and in its capacity to convey a deep regard for the world.”
Pulled In to Providence, 2011, Stonington Publishers, Great Barrington, MA
” In his second collection, Jon Wolston hones in on life’s rough surfaces with a spirited ‘ititude of grititude.’ Like the railroad line that graced Walden Pond before Thoreau put up his hut and which still clicks and clacks to this day, our society hurtles along, ever encircling us. This ‘wagging of lifeness’ rattles the chandeliers of our stillness. In these pages, blue-suited flight techs cheer the Mars landing, Fat Bastard tickles the author’s wife, and whining leaf blowers herald springtime. Wolston’s poetry honors the insurgent power of such events to command our attention, ferret out our arrested inner ways, and inaugurate an under-valued call…recalculating…to live the truth of what it is we can be.”
Two Tars, 2014, Stonington Publishers, Great Barrington, MA
“In ‘Two Tars,’ Jon Wolston explores the psyche’s shadowy archipelago of fear and death, putting his back into it, like a good deckhand, and coming up soaked to the marrow. He finds himself far from ‘ready to be swallowed up’ and clearly over his head
as regards navigation—as hard as that is to swallow, at least in a single gulp. In these pages, a once-beloved lake keeps gnawing away at his boat. A chess-playing barge captain scoffs at safety drills. Even a tiny mink poses a furious challenge. Wolston’s poetry grapples with the mysteries of the rebellious spirit in all ages, its transforming power, and the stark perils of long disowning that power.”
Four poems anthologized in The 2010 Poets’ Guide to New Hampshire , edited by John-Michael Albert, and available online from The Poetry Society of NH.