Poetry. JOIN THE PLANETS contains a generous selection from Bye's earlier books, plus almost a hundred pages of new poems. There is a kindness to Reed Bye's poetry that is impossible to separate from the considerable skills variously on display throughout his work; it is part of his sense of measure, and would alone, rare quality that it is, make JOIN THE PLANETS a pleasure to engage. That Bye's poems are rich with observation and musical range, as well as a deeply nuanced sense of scale, raises the stakes: this is a sorely needed book, and it is a joy to have it in the world --Anselm Berrigan. Reed Bye's previous books include Some Magic at the Dump, Erstwhile Charms, BORDER THEME, HEART'S BESTIARY and Passing Freaks and Grace. His first CD, LONG WAY AROUND, was released in 2005 and is available from SPD. Bye is a professor at Naropa University, and lives with his wife in Boulder, Colorado.