PositiveLibrary JournalMany of the poems here read like chants, almost like a Greek chorus, offering a litany of wrongs and rights and prayers for unity. Herrera makes liberal use of anaphora as well as lists, with or without punctuation, all of which propel the poems into a kind of purposeful music ... A timely and propulsive work; for all collections.
RaveLibrary JournalMcHugh’s poems can be biting and serious, even cerebral, but also riotously hilarious ... In a rich work that embraces life while pushing back on anything that restricts our reach, McHugh again proves herself to be a master poet.
PositiveLibrary Journal... poems so emotionally charged they seem on the verge of spilling over ... there is humor ... Palpable and provocative poems that can be appreciated by broad audience.
RaveLibrary JournalOver the years, Minnesota Poet Laureate Sutphen has amassed seven collections of poems ... This \'new and selected\' gathers her best of the best into one wonderful volume ... Ultimately, these are poems about coming of age and coming to terms, and they read like conversations with old friends. In addition to the rich imagery, they move to an underlying beat, rhythms affected by the hundreds of classic poems Sutphen memorized as she drove to work ... a Sutphen poem takes you to a place you never expect to go but a place you knew you belonged ... Gorgeous and deeply gratifying work recommended for all heartlands readers and anyone who appreciates the rural life Sutphen describes...