Mother Fool's Coffeehouse in Madison, WI, October 6, 2017

Travel Notes from the River Styx contains some great poems that get to the emotional core of love, life and death. The poems are haunted and haunting, forcing me to read them more than once. I found the poems enjoyable and they will stay with me for a long time... I'd highly recommend this collection.

Pamela Scott,
The Book Lovers' Boudoir

Lang sets a mood of dreamy, elegiac mystery in the opening poem, “Road Trip,” with “Carla Bruni … singing Je rêve comme je respire” on the car’s speakers as the driver follows familiar roads to arrive at a motel room peopled by her dearest ghosts....We see many things, real and unreal, ordinary and strange, broadcast by signage or presenting themselves as utter surprises as we travel through the poems in this marvelous book.

Kathleen Kirk
Escape Into Life


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What an astonishing book. Do not miss this. So much calls out to Susanna Lang, "from the back door, from the place they found on the map" - from the richest recesses and most heartbreaking locales on earth, from careful daily attention, deftly woven melodies of knowing and needing to know - you can't read these poems without becoming part of larger history, deeper community, instantly. See "Sunday, the Windows Open." See "Rice." See "Ghazal." These poems, huge in their urgency, massive in their tender care and embrace -- elements intertwined as the braided loaves in "Bread." This book deserves a bow.

Naomi Shihab Nye (You and Yours;Fuel; and Words Under the Words)


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Susanna Lang’s chapbook Two by Two includes a poem entitled “Large Enough,” which begins, “In Tibet, the monks have been required to stay in their separate rooms. Someone is afraid of what will happen if they all pray in the same room.” These poems face a big, dangerous world—our world—that also is fraught with grace and beauty, where “four upright pianos covered in blue quilts/wait for the rush of water, and that lightness/ they were sure they’d never know.” Lang’s chapbook is not large enough to satisfy this reader, but her heart certainly is, and her talent.

Suzanne Cleary (Keeping Time; Trick Pear; and Beauty Mark)


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Built of keen sensory attentiveness, nuanced imagery, and slyly condensed stories, the poems of Even Now create, within the recurring now, bridges between the human and nonhuman, dreaming and wakefulness, self and world, and the lost and the living. It is out of these connections that Lang makes for the reader worlds both tenderly haunted and alertly inhabited.

Jeanne Marie Beaumont (Burning of the Three Fires, Placebo Effects, Curious Conduct)

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