"Highly esteemed, always challenging, sometimes austere, Swensen has a career marked by projects, book-length poems  spurred by clear formal goals."  Publishers Weekly

"Her poetry is like Dickinson without the syncopation . . . numinous, in fact."  John Ashbery, The Times Literary Supplement

"Swensen’s poetry documents a penetrating 'intellectus'—light of the mind—by turns fragile, incandescent,                      transcendent.”   Anne Waldman

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