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Jeremy Downes’s poems in Too Small to Read are remarkable for their precision and their wildness. Like no other poet I know, Downes fuses attentiveness with extravagance. He seems to carry the whole history of lyric art in his bones, even as he strikes out into unmapped realms of contemporary experience, both public and private. Such poems as “The End of Things” and “Kudzu Harp”
are genuine additions to American poetry, and I’m convinced that we will be reading them for many years to come. – Peter Campion, author of The Lions and Other People