The life and poetry of William Everson embody all the aspects of a tradition in American poetry created by Whitman. It is composed in Plain American speech, rather than the language of erudition or neo-European forms or styles; it uses sexually explicit language and ideas and has been constantly involved with the taboo of a celibate man of God taking a wife; it has always presented a democratic point of view. William Everson is one of the most essential and dynamic American poets of the mid-twentieth century.—Diane Wakoski
In the annals of modern American letters, William Everson holds prime place as a poet of conscience and consciousness of self, his richly textured verse mapping his extraordinary inner journey as social activist, Dominican brother, and preeminent religious and philosophical poet. In William Everson: The Life of Brother Antoninus, Lee Bartlett charts the outer journey, drawing on the reminiscences of the poetry, his friends, and a wealth of archival material.