A wonderful mix of philosophical conversation, erotic questions and astrophysical speculation—defiantly brilliant speculations.
—The American Book Review
A page of Waldrop will focus the reader on the intricate (or simple) ways words connect or fail to connect, depend on or defy punctuation, suggest or deny meaning.
—Music & Literature
Nearly fifty years of lyric riffs, meditations, and collages…seek to simultaneously define, deconstruct, and, finally, re-construct a mind in motion.
—Voice Literary Supplement
[Waldrop] maintains a distinctly American voice—quick-witted, conversational, and visually concrete: a poetry that pleases no less than it puzzles.
One of the leading voices in contemporary American poetry.
Waldrop compels us to seek out new superlatives.
—The Providence Journal
Rosmarie Waldrop should be recognized as a national treasure.
[Roger] Williams’s A Key into the Language of America was the first extensive vocabulary and study of an Indian language printed in English. Waldrop’s Key is a return and a reinscription. She…intersplices, turns, overturns, plots, weaves and threads, line for line, at least three structural system…Waldrop’s A Key is a witty, and deeply moving, translation of sexual and textual division and witness.