From Library Journal
Schnackenberg does not write the intimate little odes so dear to the hearts of many of today's current writing instructors. Grand and imposing, her poems storm through civilization, paying homage to art's greatest figures in language that is formal, articulate, and cool and glittering as a knife. Even when she touches on personal issues her neighbors, her father's death she works large. This year, she coupled a fine selected works with a new book-length poem that plunges back into Greek myth, ultimately investigating the tension between art and life. Decidedly different reading.
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"[Schnackenberg] submits the claims of aesthetic form to a searing interrogation . . . a visionary encounter with 'the source of poetry.'"—Rosanna Warren, The New Republic
"Profound, sweeping, emotional . . . One thinks of Blake's insight, 'Eternity is in love with the productions of time.'"—Stephen Yenser, The Yale Review
"A dazzler . . . Rich, even ornate at times, [Schnackenberg's] poetry carries its weight as if it were no weight at all, by its thematic intensity and by the sheer beauty of its imagery."—Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times