“What a pleasure to find a poet whose sense of risk and honesty drives her to complicate the emotions and attitudes of her poems-so that sorrow might be suddenly hijacked by bravado, or delight by anger and humor-rather than to wrap us up a neat little parcel of agreeable ‘sensitivities’. . . .Deeply imagined, full of toughness and great heart, Dorothy Barresi’s poems come from the places where we all live now, in America, in the 1990s. I’d pay to read or hear her anytime, I’d stand in line."
“Barresi. . . .writes poems that have snap, crackle, and pop, with just the right amount of poetic mysterty. . . .Barresi’s poetry has wit and pathos. . . .Her metaphors are a delight.”