Some poets transfigure the everyday, others depict it as mean, but Grennan — with fresh, accurate words and with feelings that ring true — gives us the fullness of it.
— Richard Wilbur
Mixing lyricism and meditation, many of these poems abide by some unspoken law of acknowledgement: things of the world are acknowledged for what they are. The clear, informing notes of careful description and the dedication to the ordinary in experience are recognizable from Grennan’s earlier books.
But in these new poems they have deepened into richer and more intriguing harmonies. Resistant as they are to certainty, the poems go on finding a language for their uncertainty, and in that discovery lies the individual exhilaration of this work: the continuous sense it presents of a responsive imagination receiving the world and giving it back, in its own terms, something of that plenitude.