Big Water is the first book by an American poet of stature to explore the textured world of rivers and fishing. Spare and thoughtful, the poems touch upon the discipline of fly fishing and the fascination it holds, the lives of people close to earth, family, beauty, growing old, and death. As David Huddle says in his Afterword, 'When we read the poems of Big Water, we return to the beginning - to the origins of life, to the fundamental elements of human experience: water, air, stone, darkness, green leaves in golden light, coolness, and warmth. To step into a stream and cast a fly to a rising trout is to step back through thousands of years - or it is to step entirely out of time. This book by a distinguished poet will be cherished by fishermen, lovers of fine poetry, and those who enjoy the dramatic and varied life of water. This is a brilliant collection.