From Library Journal
This book clearly demonstrates that Haxton (Traveling Company, Knopf, 1989) is a poet of impressive technical and aesthetic sophistication. His poems have a shimmeringly lunar, susurrant beauty and an impressive range of literary and historical allusions. He writes elegantly of life's disappointments, which he sees as redeemed only by the larger mysteries of the natural world around us. But a polished technique is only one part of a poem's equation, and these poems, self-conscious in style and tone, do not generate enough emotional heat to engage the reader. One of the best poems in the book is simply about a man taking refuge in his rain-soaked garden after a fight with his wife: "Prickly hairs on the zucchini leaves brushed/at my wrist between the cuff and the glove,/making the cool touch of the raindrops more/than a pleasure a relief." Here, feeling is allowed pure expression, unfettered by the mannered voice that weakens the collection as a whole. Recommended for large collections of contemporary poetry only.Christine Stenstrom, Brooklyn P.L., New York
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"This book clearly demonstrates that Haxton is a poet of impressive technical and aesthetic sophistication. His poems have a shimmeringly lunar, susurrant beauty and an impressive range of literary and historical allusions." Christine Stenstrom, Library Journal
"Haxton has drawn together several styles of verse and several schools of thought. The result is a book that employs lyrical beauty, harsh realism, boyish romanticism and brushstrokes of regret in the service of a host of subjects, from flowers to love to the study of the planets."
Stan Friedman, The New York Times Book Review
Traveling Company (1989)
"The poems in Brooks Haxton's Traveling Company are extraordinary. I value their beauty and their strength, one by one, and their accumulating power to move their reader's own responding imagination. It is a pleasure to recommend this fine book." Eudora Welty
"These are extraordinary poems, strikingly original, rich, comic, and beautiful in the use of language." Walker Percy