The phrase that comes to mind to characterize Eric Walter's poetry is 'itinerant witness', words which could just as well be a description for humanity itself. His is the voice and vision of a traveler... but one whose presence registers, beyond the immediacies of any given place, the humbling truth that human experience too is only a visit.
Eric Walter’s poems put our feet on the ground, put us in his place, put us in our place. Each of his words is a footstep into the mystery of becoming fully where we are.
The aborigines believe the world was sung into existence. With the right eyes and ears you can see and hear this original song in the sacred stone. Eric Walter hears that song with a rare devotion. To read him is to experience an elevation of spirit. It is because he knows these songs in his feet that allows him to sing them so well.