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 or thru amazon or SPD or your local bookstore. Because Bill says August gives compliments like throwing manhole covers.