"Studies for a Self-Portrait is an intimate look into the thoughts, observations, and experiences of a man recalling his life. LeGrand reflects on life with a keen eye and skillful use of unique imagery and metaphor. The opening poem laments the passing of time while the final poem rejoices in discovering words written by strangers as he rediscovers himself. 'Who I am now comes from having met you, line by syllable by line by breath.'”
~ Sandy Benitez, Cherry Blossom Days
Studies for a Self-Portrait
"Rodger LeGrand is an excellent poet whose work keeps getting better and better."
~ Stephen Dobyns, Next Word, Better Word: The Craft of Writing Poetry
"Poetry instructors could spend entire sessions on what makes [LeGrand’s poetry] so right. Many of these poems reek of death, and they accomplish one of poetry’s goals: to tell us how to live until we die."
~ Dannye Romine Powell, The Charlotte Observer