“Sparky personae, elegant–and sexy–scenes, and reflections about real bodies and adult relationships mingle and complement one another in this clear, witty second effort from Hazelton.”
“Dear readers, do your poetry jones a favor: appreciate the choices Rebecca Hazelton has made in these fine poems and get ready to follow a compelling new voice in American poetry.”
Matthew Guenette in The Southern Indiana Review
“Much of Hazelton’s work sounds like a girl whispering into the ear of her very best friend: half pretty, tinkling, and half stolen, secret.”
Emily Temple, Flavorwire, “The Best of the Best New Poets 2011”
Fair Copy establishes Rebecca Hazelton as a poet of subtle language and rich emotional clarity, a poet who can dip every word in glitter without sacrificing the underlying darkness surrounding her innocent, curious, wild-eyed speakers. The complexity of her cool, evocative voice and the dynamic line she cuts across gender, genre, and time, cement her considerable talents. “Now only one knot binds my / desire” to see what’s to come.
Tory Adkisson, Review of Fair Copy, The Rumpus
What compels here is the tonal estrangement between Dickinson’s inaugural line and the weird scene narrated in Hazelton’s stanza, which goes on to uncover, letter by acrostic letter, some previously inchoate textures in Dickinson’s declarative itself. The enjambment separating “prettiest” from the surprise “abbess,” with its wink of near-rhyme, is a snapshot of Hazelton’s lyric deftness and density, qualities that she uses to strong and sometimes even thrilling effect in the collection. The microscopically plotted shape-shifting of the tattooed, “girling” monastic is also typical of the book as a whole, which, in Dickinsonian manner, turns on shocks of identity that are inhabited and lost by speakers both contemporary and anachronistic: some women, some men.
Christina Pugh, Fair Copy Review, The Emily Dickinson Journal
“The siren call of Rebecca Hazeltons lush second collection, Vow, is impossible to resist: Jukebox Jewel, princess cut / you were a libretto sung into the smut. The music and fearlessness of these poems, their swing from sexy burlesque decadence to heady emotional resonance, wooed me over and over again. Vow is an extended meditation via exquisite metaphor, sly humor, racy eroticism, and devastating elegy on the complicated nature of desire and domesticity. In these intense 21st century love poems, Hazleton presents us with a uniquely embodied poetics that refuses to separate pleasure from danger. Vow is as captivating as it is fierce.”
“From one of the best young poets writing in America, the poems in Vow are brainy, half-feral, sad, and sensuous, and often all at once. How astonishing! Hazelton’s work seems lit from within what we call brilliant.”
Alan Michael Parker
“Rebecca Hazelton’s poetry is witty, uninhibited, and dense yet full of breath. To read her work is to take a ride on the carnival’s Scrambler, arms up all the way. These poems hint at a love triangle in which there are no winners. Vow is one of the best second collections I have read in a long time.”
“Hazelton rips out the raw insides of domestic life and holds them out for us to find omens in, like animal entrails or tea leaves.”
Paige Quiñones, Review of Vow in The Journal