PRAISE FOR STRONG FEATHER:
What I love most about Jennifer Reeser's poems is their swagger. Not conceit (there's none of that) but rather a delightful confidence in her art and in her judgments. Maybe that's communicated by the title of her new book, before we even get to the first poem. Can a feather be strong? You better believe it.
—John Wilson, Englewood Review of Books + Marginalia Review of Books
Jennifer Reeser’s Strong Feather continues her personal legacy of applying classical technique to make another world visible. Like Countee Cullen of the Harlem renaissance, she is a master of rhyming forms that present life beyond the expected edges of formal verse. Witness the marvelous “Shape Shifter,” a Petrarchan sonnet like no other, or the stunning “The Courier du Bois and the Savage,” an ekphrastic poem written as an English ode but conveying a modern message about equality. Her elegant use of rhyming couplets in “White Lady” concentrate the poem’s illumination of contrasting lives. A hundred pages of such treasures will bring you lives you might not otherwise meet and pleasures you would otherwise miss.
—Arthur Mortensen, Expansive Poetry Online
PRAISE FOR JENNIFER REESER’S INDIGENOUS:
By considering the mixing rather than the distinction of her birthright, Reeser welcomes readers into her experiences of the past and present state of Amerind-European relations.
— John Nichols, The Front Porch Republic
In this work full of masterful lyricism, you will find a history once hidden, a story passed from one generation to the next, and traditions held in the hearts of indigenous peoples.
—The Poetry Question
Jennifer Reeser is our indigenous poet following most closely in the footsteps of the great William Jay Smith.
— A. M. Juster, Claremont Review of Books
Indigenous approach[es] the grand while avoiding grandiosity. . . . The collection’s central concern, and the engine behind its most forceful and illuminating moments, is the duality inherent in biracial identity.
— Jonathan Diaz, Englewood Review of Books