A splendid volume... It is impossible not to think that his work will grow in estimation with each passing year.(Booklist)
Kennedy is both a conceptualizer and a musician... the transformative element in Kennedy's creative process is the exactitude of his craft.(Donald Junkins North Dakota Quarterly)
To us, Kennedy is the best of the best.(RALPH: Review of Arts, Literature, Philosophy, and the Humanities)
A worthy heir... to the indispensably impertinent likes of Catullus amd Dean Swift―cheerfully serving notice that there's still nothing like an artfully pithy piece of verse for making short work of killjoys.(David Barber Boston Globe)
X. J. Kennedy? He ought to be declared a national resource and excused from taxation.(Wyatt Prunty Weekly Standard)
The high quality, abundance, and breadth of his writing―poetry, children's work, fiction, textbooks―and hislong presence on the literary scene make him one of the most important American poets today.(Catherine Savage Brosman Chronicles)
About the Author
X. J. Kennedy has written poetry, children's verse, and fiction as well as textbooks on writing and literature. Before becoming a full-time writer, he taught at the University of Michigan, the University of North Carolina–Greensboro, Tufts University, Wellesley College, the University of California–Irvine, and Leeds University. He now lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, with his wife and sometime coauthor, Dorothy M. Kennedy.