What I like most about this collection is the connection with Erdrich's fictional characters. These poems feel like sketches, and seen in that light are wonderful. Seen as purely poetry, some are lacking a certain power that I have come to expect from her novels.Joan
I love Erdrich's novels, but after reading Jacklight, I do wish she'd publish more poetry! Intense, lyrical language, what makes her novels so moving distilled here in verse.Bpaul
Some of my favorite American poems are in this book.