Reviews

Review of Clangings | Trena Machado | New Pages

“Wrenched word combinations arise out of using sound in this way: Obituary magi, greener chameleon, turquoise girls, blue-sprained boys, head’s high beams, glittering snow loaves, glister of venom, seraph cigarette . . . combinations that make our hearts beat faster, our synapses glow.”

Review of Clangings | Irene Koronas | Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene Blog

“This is a fantastic read and an enormous gift for anyone who appreciates good poetry.”

Commentary on “Bad” | Jill Allyn Rosser, Best American Poetry Sunday Blog, July 29, 2012

“. . .the clincher that makes this poem memorable for me is Cramer’s exquisite syntax in ‘let’s let things not get even worse’ as opposed to the more idiomatic ‘let’s not let things get even worse.’”

Review compendium of Goodbye to the Orchard | Sarabande Books

“Cramer actually grew up in an uncultivated apple orchard, full of inedible fruit that even the insects eschewed. That proximity to paradise, paradoxical as it is, lends his poems a bittersweet longing, a sweet kind of sadness.”

Review and ratings for Goodbye to the Orchard | Goodreads

“Accessible poems and beautiful in many cases, especially the ones that deal with his sister’s death from cancer-I’m always impressed when such a deeply painful experience is articulated in a moving way. Particular favorites included: ‘Lack,’ “Body on the Brain,’ and ‘Goodbye to the Orchard'”

Review of Goodbye to the Orchard | Milo-Books

The Harvard Review asserts that Steven Cramer has a pagan core to his poetry, a sense that this world is the only one. This, his fourth volume of poetry, explores disparate angles toward such a world.”

Review of The World Book, by H.L Hix | Ploughshares, Spring 1993

“Cramer’s poems fight sentiment with our only available weapons: knowledge and integrity. His work recognizes and confronts the stupidity of adolescence, the ambiguity of political action, the facelessness of death, and the selfishness of grief. And ultimately, the poems, rather than succumbing to sentimentality, achieve intimacy.”

Review of The World Book, by David Daniel| Boston Review

“The World Book begins, scanning the “narrative/Of everyone alive who now is not,” not seeking intimations of an immortal soul, but rather seeking answers to the mysteries of this world: how to attain, for instance, “the love/Required of survivors, the invisible/Grace to press against what terrifies/And restores” (“The Game”). With dignity and, at times, great force, Cramer discovers both this courage and the mature poetic style necessary to express it.”