“Betty Adcock writes with a gift that links the visual acuity
of Bishop with the verbal muscle of Dickey. In an age of
blurred authorial voices, Adcock remains singular, the
reader’s best ally, the steward of a supreme innocence.
There are only a handful of American poets in her class.”
March 2008, LSU Press
Slantwise fulfills the hope Adcock
once expressed in an interview: "to tell
the truth and find that it
From “Barrier Islands”
Skirts of the continent, ruffled in heavy pavane
of sand and tide or frenzied in capriccios
of gales, can sometimes tear like lace in the turns
as of dancers wearing the wind, wearing the moon.
Photo by Nicholas Graetz