RaveLibrary JournalElegiac yet cautionary ... These carefully tuned lyric poems, many lightly rhymed, often bear bitter witness to humankind’s self-destructive treatment of both planet and spirit ... Atwood’s flare for precise metaphor in no way softens her delivery ... Combining the wit of Dorothy Parker with the wisdom of Emily Dickinson, Atwood adds a steely grace and richness all her own. If there is beauty in despair, one may find it here.
PositiveLibrary JournalIn an engaging, confiding tone that embraces both wit and compassion, Seshadri enlists poetry, what he calls \'spooky action at a distance,\' to assure us that despite the historical moment\'s forced isolation and heightened sociopolitical stress, we need not feel we\'re alone.
MixedLibrary JournalDrawing deeply from a broad array of historical accounts, philosophical works, and religious texts, Solie shapes an abstract geography of mind and spirit to the contours of physical space, where the smallest feature might assume metaphysical significance ... While this moodily erudite exploration of solitude exudes a timeless aura, most individual poems rarely transcend a claustrophobic flatness of expression, diluting \'the nervous power of life\' that potentially resides within their subjects.
RaveLibrary Journal...the size of this anthology is surprising for not only its quantity but also for the unflagging quality of its craft and vision ... though her poems often begin with granular, personal observations...they unfold into complex maps of wider awareness and realization ... An \'accurate dreamer\' who voiced \'her own inward scream,\' Rich is an indispensable poet, whose work parallels and brings into focus the transformative zeitgeist of her era. This magisterial compendium forcefully suggests that era has not yet passed.
RaveLibrary Journal\"This new collection continues and deepens the poet’s lyrical exploration of the African American cultural influences who shaped his—and the nation’s—identity. Through short, spare lines that dance, chime, laugh, lament, and assert, Young creates a consciousness-in-motion, a weaving of personal and national histories that not only reanimates the past but moves forcefully into the present.\