Eleanor Wilnor on Slantwise:
"Slantwise is gorgeous poetry, incandescent in language, orchestral in range, unafraid of flourish and high finish, but putting all this to the uses of earthly truths."
Mary Oliver on The Difficult Wheel:
“Betty Adcock ... writes poems that are as upright as houses, and as flighty as clouds. She never postures. The poems of The Difficult Wheel are beautiful, meaningful, and very real.”
Dave Smith on Intervale:
"Intervale will put Betty Adcock among the first rank of American poets where she belongs. She has Robert Penn Warren's gift for telling a tale and Elizabeth Bishop's gift for lyrical severity.... Intervale is a gift of gifts!"
Publishers Weekly on Beholdings:
Precise, vivid images and a commanding tone empower these poems with urgency. Both beholden to her past and a keen beholder of it, she tells stories like the ones she heard as a child, in which ordinary local people become legendary.
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James Applewhite on Widow Poems, in his presentation of Betty Adcock into the NC Literary Hall of Fame:
"Now in these Widow Poems words become an elegaic music preserving the occasions and places of memory. I find in these poems a brilliant poet writing at the peak of her craft, her lyric voice surviving, piercingly beautiful as so sharpened into elegy."