Swensen remains an adept observer and a master of striking forms and line breaks. . . Swensen’s phrases, glowing with incandescent imagery and searching wit, are themselves vividly real things of beauty. Booklist Online 

Swensen’s exquisitely rendered images, unexpected syntax, and surprising line breaks give us the feeling of something ‘delicate falling to pieces,’ while at the same time, in its falling, ‘perfecting the scene.'—Robert Fernandez, PEN Poetry Series

These poems get into the body, tuning the reader’s attention to Swensen’s long, steadily percussive lines. Cover to cover, Swensen offers readers a path through “a rhythmed reverie they could all walk into and farther into.”    Publishers Weekly

On Walking On,  Nightboat Books, 2017