"I was wholly unprepared for the exceptional skill and aesthetic courage I encountered when I opened the book, skill and courage that remained from the first line to the last. It is so much easier to perform rather than to be honest."
—Robin Coste Lewis, National Book Award winner for Voyage of the Sable Venus.
"July Westhale’s poetry seems accompanied with a tuning fork’s pitch, a heightened, pressing, weaponized immediacy. Whatever she faced to earn that ability would have killed a lesser mortal, we can be sure."
Trailer Trash by July Westhale, Booklist
"With subtlety and skill, Westhale reminds the reader that sensory experience is irrevocably changed once it is relayed in language."
Via Negativa, Publishers Weekly Starred Review
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