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"A splendid volume... It is impossible not to think that his work will grow in estimation with each passing year."

"Kennedy is both a conceptualizer and a musician... the transformative element in Kennedy's creative process is the exactitude of his craft."

"To us, Kennedy is the best of the best."

"A worthy heir... to the indispensably impertinent likes of Catullus amd Dean Swift—cheerfully serving notice that there's still nothing like an artfully pithy piece of verse for making short work of killjoys."

"X. J. Kennedy? He ought to be declared a national resource and excused from taxation."

"The high quality, abundance, and breadth of his writing—poetry, children's work, fiction, textbooks—and hislong presence on the literary scene make him one of the most important American poets today."