"There's no one writing like Cal Bedient. These poems are so risky and so intimately imagined: earnest, toyful, plucky, undaunted-strange, fantastic, wyrd. In these poems there is real heart and an insatiable wit as well. They are full of astonishment and desolation. To the spirit bold enough and sweet enough to have written these: I praise him. I praise him."
"Always happiest shifting tonal and emotional gears at wrenching speeds, and always honest (and gutsy) enough to let the ugliest and most unsettling faces of eros peak through the strings of his lyre, Bedient asks us, in this newest volume, to awaken yet further to the hard ancient truth of the plucked string, to the sweet and sour overtones of that plucking, to the deep fear it awakens in the listener, to the apparent jangling, apparent hooting, and the strange hope that runs its metamorphic tributary underneath."
"Bedient shows a great gift for single, striking lines. . . . Bedient is a go-to guy in poetry."
"Bedient’s gift for startling images and vivid language propels this book forward, reminding us that even loss and grief are temporary. . . . Bedient has given us a forceful new collection."
—American Book Review
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