"Jean Hollander has written important poems of mourning that are painful to read, and there are important poems that rejoice in obvious beauty we may miss and beauty she discovered. In this book there are poems of terrible simplicity, profound ignorance—which means 'negative capability'—and profound wisdom, matters hidden that are not quite hidden, and things displayed that are not quite naked. After all, poetry is a written language not quite naked, modestly placed between the covers of a book."—Stanley Moss
Jean Hollander, acclaimed poet and translator from both Italian and German, received the Bares Award for Crushed into Honey. She has taught at Princeton University and Brooklyn and Columbia Colleges.