Critical Commentary

For Deep Red
“Richard Hugo had said:  'for lines are really the veins of men / whether men know it or not.'  The same might be said of Rawdon Tomlinson's impressive book Deep Red.  It is testament to the fact that authentic poetry simply can't be faked.  It must always cost.  It must always hurt a little.  It must manage somehow to be, like Deep Red, that most difficult paradox:  beautifully human.”—Jonathan Holden, University Distinguished Professor/Poet-in-Residence, Kansas State University.