Praise for Totem
"Pure and plain, Gregory Pardlo is an American metaphysician. His luxuriant mind is discursive, drawing on many intellectual and cultural traditions, and for him, the world is singularly and greatest understood at its figurative core. You will enjoy best those poems which reveal the intricate journeys by which he fabrics an argument, not with himself, but with the rich legacy of conversations about kinship, history, art, and poetry from which he emerges, and always on top. This is a poetry whose reach will break you and whose achievement goes beyond the accidental discoveries of an eccentric personality -- and thus arrives a poet whose vision is so wide, he'll have readers in the distant future, contemplating his moral and formal choices relative to their own."
Scott Hightower in Fogged Clarity, 2013.
Michele Russo for The Dodge Blog, 2012.
Jordan Davis in the Constant Critic, 2008.
Abdul Ali and Fred Joiner in Post No Ills Magazine online, 2008.
Rigoberto Gonzáles in his Poetry Foundation blog, 2008.
Kent Shaw in his blog lots and lots of neat, 2009.