TeriJo, your instinct is excellent !
I am no expert either, but I know what I like. In my opinion he is a very good poet. What he conjures with the words resonates very much with me.
It is not your fault you have not seen his work . Yet everything you said he should do… once you see it , you will understand how right you were.
Except he has done that all already.
Rhyme is just … as I said before. A game for him . Or like the scales for a piano player. A technical excercise.
Sorry …a bit scrambled text. Circumstances….☺