“You know, Plath doesn't appeal to me the way Mary Oliver or Leon Weinmann or e.e. cummings do, in that I the connection I feel to her poetic voice, her themes and cadences is tenuous at best--flashes of familiarity and delicious insight, rather than the warm, syrupy, and constant adoration I feel for those other authors when I read them. But art doesn't need to personally appeal to you to be good, worthwhile art, and I can't help but marvel at Plath. What a voice. What a craftsman. Her rhythms, her word choice, her effortless store of distinct and memorable imagery. I mean, damn. Ariel is an experience. Damn.”
Allison wrote this review Saturday, August 3, 2013.