- Ellie Schoenfeld, poet, "The Dark Honey: New & Used Poems"
I have always been under the influence of Deborah Cooper's amazing lyric poetry. Nature frames, sustains, and weaves together her poems-nature as both life giver and healer. She writes in "Instructions," "Cast out your gaze like a net / and take everything in / every intricate detail / each small astonishment." Deborah also celebrates the human family as we travel through love and loss, sorrow and joy. Her elegant writing, wisdom, and grace help us step across the boundaries between these states-and between each other-into the light.
- Jill Brenckenridge, poet, "The Gravity of Flesh"
To read Deborah Gordon Cooper's "Under the Influence of Lilacs" is to realize that a poet really can revisit such old topics as nature and family and such old themes as love and loss-and make them new. "Because there is so little / left blooming, / each delinquent petal / seems to shine," she writes. With a generous vision and gentle spirit combined with clear and penetrating language, she has given us many shining petals.
- Jim Heynen, author, "The Boys' House: New and Selected Stories"