What stamps Cherkovski's poetry as unique is its unbounded lyricism – a lyrical gift
easily greater than that of any other poet of his generation.
Gerald Nicosia, San Francisco Chronicle
I squirm against blurb words like "magisterial" and "fully realized" and God knows –
"profound," but Neeli Cherkovski's new book is a deeply rich work which reminds me of
the best of Rexroth's nature poems, which to me is a major accomplishment. But more than
that, there's a deep philosophical and elegiac edge to the beauty of the words & lines.
David Meltzer, poet, musician, essayist
Neeli Cherkovski has mastered the lyricism of the clear-seeing heart. In these poems,
he sets us down in the middle of the mystery of existence and experience. From the
Canyon Outward is a joy to read and inhabit.
Sarah Menefee, poet, community activist