David Budbill died in September 2016, before the publication of his eighth book of poetry. Tumbling toward the End is a candid assessment of imminent mortality haunted by the timbre of great physical pain. And yet Budbill’s poems remain suffused with light and love.

While mournful about the body’s debilitation and inevidable departure from Judevine Mountain, the home Budbill made in rural Vermont for over forty years, these poems sing of the delights of a modest, honorable, mindful life.



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is written with a simple beauty and love of nature
By ralph andersonon September 26, 2017

This final book of poetry by David Budbill, published postmortem, is written with a simple beauty and love of nature, by a man who is aware of his physical deterioration and senses his upcoming death, with which he struggles. He has lived for more then 45 years in this southwest corner of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont in a remote, wild and lonely place he called Bear Swamp. His poetry projects the simplicity and directness of his love for this place where he lived.

While I recommend this book of beautiful and delightful poetry for all, it may be especially meaningful for those who are ageing and contemplating death. This is a good read!

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Last Words from David Budbill–Don’t miss them.
By ReviewerMidwest LSon April 6, 2017

This last book by poet, playwright, fiction writer, musician, David Budbill has all the deserved resonance of “last words.” And one senses here David’s awareness of aging and death. Stricken with a rare disease that took him last year, one senses his struggling for acceptance, but like us all it’s a struggle. It is also his most Zen book of poems, and he is one of our finest American Zen poets as his many books from Copper Canyon attest. In “Taoist Poem” he gives us three simple lines: “Just this/ then that/ then the other.” His work is marked by a directness and simplicity that loves his place in the Vermont mountains. In so many poems there is a beauty of nature speaking to us, and the poet is there to listen and transcribe. Tumbling Toward the End is a last blessing upon us. Don’t miss it.

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Wish It Weren’t So
By M. Itoon May 8, 2017

Wonderful, as were all of David Budbill’s previous works. The only downside is that there won’t be any sequels, at least not in this life.