...a collection of tight, chiseled poems that forces readers to consider how greed, excess and lack of critical thought have led to environmental destruction and a nation wobbling toward the edge of collapse ... If society allows such destructive attitudes to prevail, we will all be to blame, as these poems show.
...[a] formally dexterous and conceptually daring collection ... What's remarkable about Armantrout's poetry is how she visibly enacts this fracturing—and the way conscious experience is becoming increasingly social—in the style of the writing itself ... This volume is marked by wry humor and striking self-awareness when considering writerly craft. Indeed, Armantrout's intelligence and keen insight are equally present in the work's humor and cultural commentary.