“A New York editor once told
me one of the pitfalls of editing a literary journal is that out of the poets
and writers you meet, 99 per cent of them
spend 99 percent of their time whining about their love lives; eventually,
the sensitivities are blunted until you reach the point where you pull
the covers over your head at the slightest hint of another human being’s
Carty is one of the few poets who do not fall into this category. Apparently
without fear or apprehension he takes on the most difficult themes, the themes
most poets are in capable of handling: injustice, discrimination, genocide.
I am not a rhyming poet because I fear the search for a rhyme can compromise
the original thought or feeling, Carty bulldozes ahead with
his rhymes and makes them work without diluting the power of his poetry.
As any literary editor will tell you, we need many more fearless poets
like Thomas Carty.”