August Kleinzahler

August Kleinzahler is called the pugilistic poet because he's critical of a lot of poetry, but he sent Bill Corbett, my publisher, a postcard saying "Ruth Lepson is the real deal. Tell her I said so." I wrote to thank him & he wrote back that "the pulse of [my new book,] ask anyone, immediately lifted his own. MOST invigorating. Always thrilling to find signs of life on a dying planet."

So you might want to consider buying it at www.pressedwafer.com or thru amazon or SPD or your local bookstore. Because Bill says August gives compliments like throwing manhole covers.