The Revisionist

"Crase is the unusual case of a contemporary poet whose most public, expansive voice is his most authentic."
Helen McNeil, Times Literary Supplement

"Crase has what it usually takes several books to achieve: an important subject; a consistent and supple attitude toward it; and a style rich enough to answer to it."
Charles Molesworth, The New York Times Book Review

"Crase is talented, naturalistically inclined, and as lyrically grim as an abandoned strip mining field."
Webster Schott, Cleveland Plain Dealer

"What separates Crase from other Ashbery-influenced poets, not to mention Ashbery himself, is the exhilarating (though hard-won) optimism that leaps from every page of The Revisionist."
Rachel Wetzsteon, Greenwood Encyc. of Am. Poets and Poetry

"Crase apostrophizes America America as a lover, an antagonist and a martyr, and America as a representation of all creation. At times he achieves an almost evangelical thunder."
George H. Gurley, Jr., The Kansas City Star

"The Revisionist is best understood as a symptom of an aesthetic of willed indirection and abstract meditation that soon hardened into a period style."
Marjorie Perloff, Tab: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics

"There was no better poet than Douglas Crase to be reading at that moment or, for that matter, this moment in our nation's history."
Michael Schiavo, Tin House

"For sheer ambition, ingenuity, and wit, Crase stands alone."
Jay Parini, The New Republic

"In the title poem, the 'you' addressed seems at once a former lover and America itself, a conception that in other hands surely would seem a tour de force; Crase treats it so naturally one is convinced he really does conceive of love affairs and his relation to America in the same terms."
Vernon Shetley, The New York Review of Books

"Revisionism, in his supple argumentative poetry, turns out to be something very close to love."
John Ashbery

"To date Crase has published only one volume, The Revisionist, yet that has been enough to establish him as one of the most important poets of his generation."
Roger Gilbert, Oxford Companion to 20th-century Poetry in English