Trio: Toni Mirosevich, Charlotte Muse, Edward Smallfield
The trio can play in my chambers any time. Mirosevich, Muse and Smallfield have in common an uncommon confidence of approach, a forceful
impetus for every poem and an instinct for the smooth texture, bitter taste, spiraling motion of each word. Beyond this, they break into
their singular voices, solos fo impressive range and concern.
Smallfield's improvisational magic, Muse's humor and dark blue meditations,
Mirosevich's bright empiricism with a back beat – this is a volume of poetry in which the world comes true.
— Frances Mayes
In every line of Trio, there's a mastery of the lyric. If one way we understand the lyric is through voice, there's plenty of that here,
individuate voice, each one – Mirosevich, Muse, and Smallfield – strong and sure. And the additional effect is of these three voices
joining together. As in listening intently and openly to any piece of complex music, one can read this book in multiple ways, and one of them is
to travel from poet to poet to hear each distinct voice clearly and separate, to radiate in the musical facts of these poems, poems which are here to
make the ordinary in our lives extraordinary, to make the everyday explode in the sureness of sight, to make an occassional glance a song for great
occassion. These three poets sing in pure agreement, if that is what harmony is, a means of joining real and poetic vision.
— Edward Kleinschmidt
Trio marks the appearance of three gifted poets. Toni Mirosevich gives us a vision of dislocations and emigrations, capturing the essence
of one world through its collision, painful or comic, with another. Charlotte Muse treads the boundary between self and other, between dissolution
and the joys of being in the world, among its creatures. Edward Smallfield's world of family ties and losses is blessed by visitations of birds. He
always leads us in the direction of what is unseen, unspoken. Together, these poets open doors on inner and outer worlds, in language that is bright, energetic,
— Alice Jones