"This is a book unlike any other first book I have read in that it is whole, fully realized. The entire book is lighted by an almost excruciating tenderness towards the world and its inhabitants. It is also tough, and funny, without a peep of sappiness. This is a poet who notices deeply, brilliantly, and with a heart as big as a boulder. Read this book!"
~ Thomas Lux, Child Made of Sand
Millions of Ravenous Creatures
"Though the world might sometimes provoke us to anger or fear, or send us reeling into helplessness and depression, the poems in this book suggest, there is a balm in our lives to soothe and revive, and that balm is what we call love, love in the presence of the other and the beloved, which makes us, finally, more than what we are."
~ Gregory Djanikian, Dear Gravity
"The language of Rodger LeGrand’s poetry moves from surprise to surprise. Always there is a shuffling between clarity and mystery, precision and ambiguity, humor and darkness as he works through the conundrums of how we live and how we might live better—not in terms of money, though that would be nice, but metaphysically, or, more simply, basic kindness in a world where kindness is often a rarity. This is a fine book and you should buy it."
~ Stephen Dobyns, Winter’s Journey