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Advance Readers Write:
"'Here we go a-sentencing' Robert Frost said about writing poetry. This is what you'll find in Ice Sculpture of Mermaid with Cigar:
exceptional sentences, a wild, wily, Protean imagination, a sometimes
generous, sometimes scaldingly wry intelligence, and a whole, properly
crazy heart. RJ McCaffrey makes poems that are almost miracles."
— Thomas Lux
"RJ McCaffery writes of "the gloss and flare of moment" in these lushly precise, precisely lush poems. Dense and musical, indelibly articulate, Ice Sculpture of Mermaid with Cigar
speaks of "necessary language" and that's what these poems are:
necessary to anyone looking for poems that speak to the heart, the
mind, the soul."
— Paul Guest
"With Ice Sculpture of Mermaid With Cigar, RJ McCaffery has heeded Coleridge's call and put the best words in the best order. These are poems which can and should be read as prayers—poems which substantiate desire, which reify a need so grave it can only be spoken of in the careful architecture of our most private spaces. The tenderness with which McCaffery attends to the sound and sense of these poems thus belies their most fundamental attribute: a grace which cannot be taught. This is the language of a life lived in and through poetry."
— Seth Abramson