Poet Eavan Boland wrote: "These poems are beautifully shaped, and written with such verve that they finally become a dark, unswerving music of self-discovery. The subjects are varied--from a night time constellation to a salmon run. What is constant is the level of craft and care, and the eloquence of feeling. . . ." About this debut collection, Howard Junker of ZYZZYVA wrote: "He locks into the struggle it is to be a man. I put him in the great tradition of Philip Levine and Richard Hugo."