Testimonials

"There are some poets we admire for a mastery that allows them to tell a story, express an epiphany, form a conclusion, all gracefully and even memorably, yet language in some ways remains external to them. But there are other poets in whom language seems to arise spontaneously, fulfilling a design in which the poet’s intention feels secondary. Books by these poets we read with a gathering sense of excitement and recognition at the linguistic web being drawn deliberately tighter around a nucleus of human experience that is both familiar and completely new, until at last it seems no phrase is misplaced and no word lacks its resonance with what has come before. Such a book is Austin Segrest’s Door to Remain."
 
- Karl Kirchwey

 
"Many terrific things can be said about Austin Segrest's Door to Remain – that these are evocative poems of place, that the collection has a powerful narrative arc, that the poems' formal mastery dazzles – but none of them alone captures what a good book it is. The Southern landscape is not so much a landscape as a form of lifeblood. The poet's fierce, honest reckoning with the mother he lost too early infuses the poems with urgency equal to their artistry. As for the artistry, the music and precision of each poem's construction are deft, true, and absorbing. It’s a book you can inhabit, and that likely will inhabit you."

- Adrienne Su

 
"Austin Segrest's poems are small miracles of compression."