From Library Journal
This collection fails because Seth's lockstep meter and corny rhymes keep his poetry stylistically on the level of that awful stuff many of us wrote in junior high school. This would be excusable if he had anything to say. But his poems are utterly devoid of subtext; what little meaning exists is all on the surface. Even this would be excusable if the surface were beautiful. It isn't. The surface meanings, and the forms that express them, are hackneyed and dull. This collection should not have seen the light of day. It certainly should not be seen in your library.- Steven Hupp, Chicago
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"Certainly not since Byron has anyone been more elegantly and literally amusing in verse."
-- Philadelphia DailyNews
"Clear as a glacial pool, often as deep, Vikram Seth's new poems shine with unfashionable virtues. Seth gives joy by writing brilliantly well, unafraid to feel and to start us feeling."
-- X. J. Kennedy