What People are saying about this
Dr. Franz Schneider
"Mildred Weston's longevity has stamped her with all the hallmarks of a wise person who has learned to accept limits, regardless of personal cost. In her poems this is reflected in the purity of structure and form, as well as the integrity of her emotional reticence. There is not a trace in them of what her friend, Louise Bogan, called "ego-airing." One the contrary, most of her poems, especially the most recent ones on the vicissitudes of old age, exclude all preoccupation with self in tightly reined passages and deliberately subdued rhythms that check all noisy philosophizing and misanthropic moralizing."
"Women poets . . . from Sappho and Erinna to the present day, have often created poems in which elegant form and passionate content are entirely blended. However, in the second and third decades of this century a corrosive self-pity marred some of the effects of the Misses Wylie, Teasdale, and Millay. This could never be said of Miss [Leonie] Adams, who on the wings of her elegant metaphysic soared far out of reach of any mundane self-concern. Miss [Louise] Bogan was far too canny and sophisticated a practitioner to permit her undoubted sense of injury to creep into her verse. But these are voices that died or fell virtually silent thirty or more years ago. What of the present? I only know of Mary Barnard, brilliant translator of Sappho's fragments, and Mildred Weston.
Coming across Mildred Weston's poetry, as I did a quarter of a century ago when I was editing Poetry Northwest, is comparable to discovering a purportedly extinct species of butterfly on an idle walk in the woods. . . . Miss Weston's voice, to me, exemplified what was best in that tradition. . . .
The late critic, Irwin Ehrenpries, once remarked in The New York Review of Books that many poets today mistakenly believe that to write of chaos you must write chaotically. The lyric poet exemplifies the antithesis of this belief, and like Miss Weston, does indeed "hold chaos by the hand.""
Fr. Bernard J. Coughlin
"Mildred has a marvelous, delicate talent for expressing simple, everyday things that cross our lives, day in and day out, in a very imaginative and artful way."