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"William Logan-poet, critic, and professor of English at the University of Florida- has been called 'the best practical critic around' (Poetry Magazine) and 'the most hated man in American poetry' (Hudson Review). Certainly this volume of essays, Desperate Measures, displays scathing conceits reminiscent of Randall Jarrell and a fierce attentiveness characteristic of its dedicatee, Christopher Ricks. But Logan is his own man, and these pages can be read for their insight, however, iconoclastic, as well as for their crisp prose." - Michael Dirda, Washington Post
"Logan's third collection of reviews and essay, Desperate Measures, finds him well-turned, sharpened sentences in fine form." - Publishers Weekly
"When it comes to separating the serious from the fraudulent, the ambitious from the complacent, Logan has consistently shown us what is wheat and what is chaff." - Oxford American
"But Desperate Measures proffers a bundle of outstanding critical commentary, treating poetry with the schooled sensibility and arrogance of taste that best requites the art's convoluted demands upon our attention."
--The Georgia Review
"In an age of no standards, when everything is wonderful because that's the nature of diversity and when only the brashest among us dare offer a dissenting opinion about the quality of anyone else's work, William Logan's voice is refreshing." ; " He should be doubly cautious each time he crosses a street."