The Astropastorals

The Astropastorals is a slim pamphlet that collects the handful of lyrics the American poet Douglas Crase has deemed fit for publication in the three-and-a-half decades since his astonishing debut, The Revisionist of 1981. Although it runs to only eighteen pages, it packs a powerful punch. Crase is the master of complex, sinuous sentences that twist and loop and unfurl in the most unpredictable of ways—indeed navigating his poetic idiom can feel a bit like riding the rapids. The title poem in particular succeeds in conjugating the mysteries of our planetary existence with an eloquence and sweep I found at once dizzying and uplifting.
– Mark Ford, Times Literary Supplement

The book is slender, but the writing’s density gives it the fullness of almost anyone else’s thick tome. And the reach is enormous.
– Barry Schwabsky, Hyperallergic