"Cool, hot, relentlessly clear, Thomas Avena's poems take on the age of AIDS and paradoxically draw strength from it. This is a lean and passionate performance: poetry for our time, alas."
"A fierce exactness of language governs these poems. Taut and sexual, they assert the balance of formal dances, in which each poised moment is a tension, a willing and stretching of the imagination. It is that will that maintains in the chaos of phenomena the desire and the ability to live."