Introducing Previously Unpublished Work by Butte, Montana’s Celebrated Poet
Ed Lahey (1936 – 2011) achieved renown as one of Montana’s finest poets. His poetry reflects a deep commitment to Butte, to Montana, to the working class, and to an intellectual tradition that reaches back to the ancient Greeks. His books The Blind Horses and Birds of a Feather received much critical acclaim, leading to his Montana Governor’s Arts Award in 2008.
“It took me a very long time to get through the text of your work, but when I did, I was deeply, deeply moved. It is your great good fortune to have real subject matter for your poems instead of a make-believe world to write about.” — Leslie Fiedler
“You can’t separate the dancer from the dance. The voice and the poetry are one and the same thing. He’s unique. There’s no one like him in the state, there’s no one like him in the country. Hey, there’s no one like him in the world. He’s a singular manifestation of poetic genius, period.” — Rick DeMarinis
“Ed Lahey is the de facto Poet Laureate of Montana, the place, not the state.” — Roger Dunsmore
“Any way you look at it, this is poetry at its literary, earthly, Montana, otherworldly best.” — Paul ZarzyskiORDER