Jake Bauer, in TLR, writing about Eric Pankey’s book Crow-Work (Milkweed Editions, 2015):


“Death exposes a lifelong failure of the body; when it is opened, there is only absence.”




Lorna Dee Cervantes, author of Sueño (Wings Press, 2013), interviewed by Alex Stein in Michigan Quarterly Review:


“And the thing about suffering is it does not compute within the framework of taxonomies and hierarchies. How can I say that my pain is any more valid, any more significant, concentrated, painful, than your pain? How can one pain be legitimized over another? It just hurts.”




Nin Andrews, interviewed by Dante Di Stefano on the Best American Poetry blog, about Andrews’ book Miss August (CavanKerry Press, 2017):


“But my goal as a writer is not to explain, pontificate, or change what is or was, but simply to describe, to bear witness.”




Blas Manuel De Luna, interviewed by Eduardo C. Corral in Boxcar Poetry Review, about De Luna’s book Bent to the Earth (Carnegie Mellon Univ. Press, 2005):


“…keeping in mind that a poet’s not a documentarian, I do think that a type of witnessing is going on in some of my poems.”




Elisa Gabbert, author of L’Heure Bleue, or the Judy Poems (Black Ocean, 2013), interviewed on rob mclennan’s blog:


“I don’t know that the poet has any particular role in culture. I think art exists to create meaning, but it could be any kind of meaning. It doesn’t have to be ‘relevant,’ or even lasting.”



Darren Bifford, author of False Spring (Brick Books, 2018), interviewed by Susan Gillis in Concrete and River:


“… the entities which populate our imaginations exist independently of us, like devils and angels exist. Literature establishes contact with these beings…”




Eric Norris, in Singapore Unbound, writing about Claudia Serea’s Nothing Important Happened Today (Broadstone Books, 2016):


“Some days turn out to be of vastly greater importance than we give them credit for at the time.”




Caroline Cabrera, interviewed by Sarah Blake in Chicago Review of Books, about Cabrera’s book Saint X (Black Lawrence Press, 2018):


“What I will always be is angry. Angry that it is my responsibility — our responsibilities — to force ourselves into the unkind public sphere of publishing our abuses…. I’m angry that the responsibility somehow lies with those harmed.”




Luke A. Fidler, writing in The Economy Magazine about Peter Jay Shippy’s A Spell of Songs (Saturnalia, 2013):


“We start with a smooth continuum of the wild and the mechanical.”




Sara Campos, writing in Los Angeles Review of Books about Tim Z. Hernandez’ book All They Will Call You (Univ. of Arizona Press, 2017):


“We are all endowed with strengths, desires, faults, and foibles. We are not fungible or disposable. We are all unique souls passing through this earth and should be remembered with dignity and respect.”