-- Olympia Dukakis, actress
"Polio and poetry would seem to be near-opposites. Yet in Karen Chase's compelling memoir of a terrifying disease she and so many others contracted in childhood, we watch polio's unwelcome transformations to be matched and outdone by the twists and turns of a poet's mind. Bravely and with surprising humor, Chase has turned the unlikely, the unlucky, even the tragic into beauty."
--Mary Jo Salter, author of seven books of poetry, most recently 'Nothing By Design'
-- Library Journal
"(a) moving and illuminating memoir."
"a touching memoir."
"A moving and inspiring memoir. Her experience is detailed with unsparing accuracy, great artistry in bright prose vignettes, and most of all, with a deep compassion in all the varied stories, including references to the story of Franklin Delano Roosevelt with whom Ms. Chase has an abiding bond."
"(an) exquisitely written account."