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In this charming yet thoroughly modern emblem book, the animal subjects consider their own significance; they do not allow moralizing meanings to be plastered on them. If the ingenuity with which these animals speak for themselves makes its allusive bow to Marianne Moore and La Fontaine, Brad Leithauser frames his own kind of epigram, with his own tones of pointed observation and with a formal skill few poets still possess. And Mark Leithauser's drawings depict the creatures revealed in the versesnot always the same creatures as their real-world counterpartswith analagous graphic wit. -JohnHollander
Brad Leithauser has both eye-knowledge and heart-knowledge. He is a poet open to the world, and artfully open in what he makes of it. His poems have the high morale which comes of enjoying one's perceptions, finding just the right words for them, and heightening those words with suitable form. -Richard Wilbur
Mark Leithauser's art, often stimulated by his daily contact with global masterpieces at the National Gallery, is both accomplished and thought-provoking. His deft etchings . . . meticulously detailed . . . suggest an affinity with Albrecht D�rer; his trompe l'oeil oil paintings . . . would make John F. Peto, Salvador Dal�, and Richard Estes proud. -Art News
Finally, a work of sublime charm: Lettered Creatures. Author Brad Leithauser and artist Mark Leithauser have created an alphabet book of witty worldliness: the worlds of Anteater, Yaks, and Zedonks. Leithauser's light verse moves nimbly among taut rhythms and relaxed, golden conversation, while on the other side of the spread an image of deeply humorous exactness lovingly looms. Fabulous! -Tom D'Evelyn, Providence Journal