"The poetry gleams
with the kind of clarity that comes only from honing down to the necessary
syllables ... the beauty is A's quiet understated control. So that,
finally, the work unsettles, stays with the reader and unnerves."
--Keith Shein, The SF Examiner
"A.'s phrasing and sculptured concision
give her poems an exceptional formal coherence. Her ear shapes solid
landscapes.... More typically she prefers an elusive humor, layered
with parody and occasionally populated by cartoon characters in various
stages of panic. The offhandedness of her manner is belied by the
complex emotional charge she gets from apparently banal materials."
--Geoffrey O'Brien, Voice Literary Supplement
"Armantrout's poems ride the fence of the Language School
movement. Precedence features poems of wit and humor not typical
of the movement."
--John Stickney, The Columbus Dispatch
"Radiant with interest"
"Hard edge.... [She] uses words with laser precision to explore
facets which a lesser intelligence would never notice. Her sense of
the essential is unfailing."