Reviews of Charles H. Johnson's poetry collection Tunnel Vision


 
"In spare, beautifully constructed poems, Charles H. Johnson explores the complexities of coming of age, race, prejudice, the influence of culture and the searing legacy of war. 'Tunnel Vision' marks the advent of a major new talent on the American literary scene."


Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Executive Editor
Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College
and Director of the Creative Writing Program
Binghamton University -- SUNY


"In Tunnel Vision, Charles H. Johnson writes haunting and memorable poems of 'the fields of fire' in Vietnam with the power reminiscent of Yusef Komunyakaa."

Laura Boss, Editor
Lips


"Charles H. Johnson's Tunnel Vision, a magnificent book of poetry, has the all-inclusive, expansive vision of the gods. Dealing with war, peace, family, love, the Garden State Parkway and simple humanity, the poems enrich the reader with their wisdom, their imagery, and their musical sense."


Emanuel di Pasquale, Professor of English
Middlesex County College, New Jersey


"The journalist's eye for the telling detail, ear for inflection and commitment to clarity inform Tunnel Vision throughout. Mr. Johnson writes what he knows, and what he knows is contemporary America - he shows a special feeling not only for his grandparents' Virginia farm and the Millstone River but for the grit that's quintessentially Jersey. "Riding is never easy in Central New Jersey" begins "Easy Riding," a hymn to the freedom of the open road that only a commuter could love. Read Mr. Johnson's book. It's real. And really good."


Michael Redmond, Lifestyle Editor
Princeton Packet