"Everything prepares us for a crisis in transfiguration."—Stanley Kunitz

". . . we have the poems written, these expressive works, indispensable to what we call American literature."—Hayden Carruth

"The lucid, the illuminated quality of poem after poem is given them by the precision of their structure. . . the sum of the parts is, as in all the 'open secrets' of nature and of art, beyond accounting: the duende is dark within transparence."—Denise Levertov