"John Haines remains one of our greatest poets, and this volume of his work over the last decade should not be overlooked. . . . Haines is a master of voice and perception. His ability to draw an aura around the darkest moments of our lives is uncanny; it never leaves us."
"A Haines poem is clear, cold and thin as an icicle, often in accentual verse, sparing with metaphor, a slow-burning fuse."
-The Times Literary Supplement
"In fifty years [Haines] will be one of the few contemporary poets left of the thousands in print today: he'll represent our moment in history and be read for his prophetic and grimly beautiful picture of it."