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From the PublisherHolding Patterns is one of the most original, entertaining, and companionable books about contemporary poetry that I've read in many years. It is remarkably modest and yet exceptionally ambitious at the same time-a powerful and winning combination. McGuiness is an increasingly rare example of an individual critic writing without an eye to the academy, simply an eye to the work.— David St. John, author of Study for the World's Body: New and Selected Poems
"Reading Holding Patterns is like having a drink with an intelligent, like-minded spirit-a contemporary, a lively conversationalist. McGuiness keeps himself in a constant state of exploration and speculation."— Leslie Ullman, author of Slow Work through Sand: Poems"