Walker's way with words is at times gritty and acerbic, at times philosophical and still at other times naughty and sensual and even elegant. It is difficult to come away from reading 'The Unholy War (For Michael Olscheske, 1956 - 1989) without a completely fresh view of friendship and kinship: it is a song fit for an Irish wake, both in content and in form. Walker tinkers with Haiku (successfully), plays with cadence and rhyme at will, takes on tongue in cheek topics as in 'Litany for a Common Whore', writes some poems in French and others on a theme and variation after Baudelaire, and utters the tenderest of small songs as in 'Tristitia Post Coitum' or 'Belladonna'.
For this reader Patrick Walker is a minstrel, a man who wanders his world breathing in life and breathing out these beautifully constructed poems. This is one of the more refreshingly different collections of poems to be published in a while and the moods these poems elicit are touchingly made visual with the art of Virginia Cody subtly offering breathing space. Grady Harp, March 08