In “Wood Life,” Rich Ristow takes the reader on a very dark descent, plumbing the depraved depths of psychological horror, slowly twisting his way deeper and deeper — from disgruntled anxiety to madness to murder to…beyond.  The narrative menacingly twists and turns like one of those wood boring tools, each new poem a twist of the handle, until you’re drilled somewhere down deep by its depravity and find yourself sitting comfortably inside the mind of a killer haunted by his lifetime of victims. A remarkable poetic feat that only a writer of talent could pull off.’ — Michael Arnzen, author of Proverbs for Monsters