"Our meeting was ostensibly to discuss Gage’s first CD, Earth Turns, released last year by Thunder Ridge Records, but it was not easy to stick to the subject. There was also his recent book of poetry, his work as a DJ at Royalton Radio—and, always, his deep social convictions that drive his music, poetry, and other aspects of his life."
"Old Man of the Mountain" is a stirring waltz about war and the endless cycle of humanity's self-destruction. We see through the eyes of a New Hampshire mountain — presumably Cannon Mountain, the site of the Old Man of the Mountain until it collapsed in 2003 — as people make the same mistakes over and over again. The song's centerpiece is a dramatic fiddle solo that grates & writhes in discord."
“In his poetry, Jamie Gage bravely steps into the realms of both intimacy and fear. His poems explore with honesty such topics as his own childhood, his parents (don’t miss the meticulous and revealing “My father last night”), the seductive magnetism of beauty, the surprises inherent in relationships, and the unpredictable, complex world around each of us. Gage’s poems are never static. His lyrical poems often reach a conclusion that was not easily predictable from the start, which is part of the richness found in reading True If Destroyed. Many poems evolve through multiple layers of meaning as they unfold, enriching the reader with new insights. Gage’s poems gently tap open the door of the hard-to-fathom world in which we humans briefly and unexplainably comingle.”
-Marjorie Ryerson, Breadloaf teacher and author of Water Music.