From Publishers Weekly
Arielle Greenberg's debut Given promises, and delivers, up-to-date, intellectually challenging comic verse, a nose and a half ahead of most of her peers: her best work remains both slippery and sharp, like ice skates in use. Greenberg's most attractive, most clearly American pieces incorporate, and answer, the styles and signatures of poets like Dean Young and Mark Levine, telling the "International Herald Tribune," for example, "Your newspaper is a two-star hotel"; her aggressively contemporary figures evoke worlds her readers know well: "All the soft serve flurry metaphors intended, right."
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Arielle Greenberg makes dazzling explorations into the secrets embedded in language. -- Rain Taxi
Swift, tender, original - from the first word this poetry can be no other. -- Jean Valentine
The shapes of things shift in Arielle Greenberg's wonderful book Given.
The poems... demand but oh they reward. -- C. S. Giscombe