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. . . her investigations into the phenomenology of perception have that same power good philosophy does: she turns the reader’s assumptions inside out, as gently as she can, and shows them the sun.
Paul Scott Stanfield, Ploughshares
"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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