The Grace to Leave
Van K. Brock Florida Poetry Series (2012)
|Haskins... understands Lorca's idea of duende, a passionate spirit, and evokes it naturally in her work.
|She is certainly one of the few original voices among American poets. She takes big risks, and her poetry penetrates straight to the marrow of the bone.
-- Midwest Quarterly
|One longs to know this poet, to share her wise communion with whatever is alive, in all its manifestations.
-- Alsop Review
|She knows we are rooted to the earth but long for stars. And she's wise enough to know that love searches us out.
-- Northwest Arkansas Times
|She writes with the startling freedom and grace of a kite flying, and with the variety and assurance of invention that reveal, in image after image, the dream behind the waking world.
-- W.S. Merwin
|No American poet of her generation creates more brilliant images or more compelling voices.
-- Susan Ludvigson
|Lola Haskins' range is broad; her perceptions are always surprising. Natural objects surpass themselves... in this lively, adventuresome collection.
-- Maxine Kumin
|When poetry catches you by the throat and will not let you go, you know it is good. Lola Haskins' poems are captivating.
-- Richard Eberhart
Cover: "Car with Contrails," digital painting by Carol Lynne Knight based on a photo by Simon Beck