“Swensen is unafraid of what’s happening. There is enormous grace in these poems; there is also serious daring. The pleasure of reading them is intense.”   Lyn Hejinian

“Goest, sonorous with a hovering “ghost” which shimmers at the root of all things, is a stunning meditation—even initiation—on the act of seeing, proprioception, and the alchemical properties of light . . . Swensen’s poetry documents a penetrating “intellectus”—light of the mind—by turns fragile, incandescent, transcendent.”   Anne Waldman

Goest,  Alice James Books, 2004
Finalist for the National Book Award
Chosen one of the 12 best books of poetry of 2004 by Library Journal