"In prose free of either jargon or agenda, Lieberman reads and illuminates our poetries according to one pure clear criterion: excellence. I know of no other critic who could so wonderfully combine negative capability and passion in order to create such generous insight."
—Donald Revell, Poetry editor, The Colorado Review
"I believe the best of Lieberman's essays equal Stevens' most shattering and inspiring prose: we understand reality as well as literature with a more humane sense of what we are, which is how revelations of empathetic intelligence, rare as they are, function for us."
—Stephen Berg, founding editor of The American Poetry Review
"Laurence Lieberman, himself an excellent poet, is one of the most intelligent and perceptive critics of poetry to be found today. His studies of contemporary poets are extraordinary feats of imaginative mediation. Immersing himself totally in the fullness of the work, giving himself to it with a receptiveness and sensitivity that are almost uncanny, he attains understanding in depth—and from the vantage point of an inner identification explains, clarifies, connects. He is just about the best reader a poet can hope for, and through his criticism he shares his great gift with others."
—Frederick Morgan, founding editor of The Hudson Review
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