"His language, in all its dexterity and brilliance, winks at us even as it dazzles. " -- Eric Ormsby
"The Calligraphy Shop is an emporium of artfully eclectic wares and a treasury of reckonings." -- David Barber
"Unfashionable and lovely, these poems will be read when the fetid swamps of much contemporary verse have been drained away." -- David Yezzi
From the Inside Flap
Erudite but never obscure, technically virtuosic yet playful and relaxed, Ben Downing reminds us that, pace T.S. Eliot, poets in our time need not be difficult to be good. The Calligraphy Shop is a sophisticated and superbly engaging first collection by a brilliant young poet.