In a time of war, dirty air, missile worship when all oracles seem silenced, from every eco-lyric pore these fine auroras of This Connection of Everyone With Lungs have been streaming. Registering 9/11 as cellular rupture, this is a work of full globality which redeems our time, makes us remember all that poetry is capable of as form, frame, syntax linking air, earth, lung; what Emerson meant by lyric language as nothing less than externalization of planet's soul."Rob Wilson, author of Waking in Seoul
"By listing, by naming, the atrocitiesthe harrowing stats, the scary particularsin our world-at-endless-warwe might at least exert control over our sanity and extend our mind and compassion to others. It is a connected universe as Spahr so forcefully and powerfully reminds us. This Connection of Everyone with Lungs is a sustained and anaphoric meditation, a catharsis for our predicament."Anne Waldman
The hard-won verdict that ends the book, ''all of us / with all of that,'' is ambivalent, emotionally difficult, as it must be. The book seems, finally, like poetry from the 21st century, poised between trying to vault from the flatness of this new world and trying to inhabit it fully.
&3151; The New York Times