"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

"The love child of Elizabeth Bishop and John Donne, Austin Segrest rejuvenates sensation and feeling for our time. His Door to Remain penetrates existence with x-ray vision and a recognition of affliction’s gifts. In part love’s forensics, in part a tour of humanity’s confounding bonds—familial, cultural, personal— the book finds, in our frayed worlds, language that expands and illuminates. Scored by The Shirelles, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Etta James, and the pulse of contemplation, Segrest’s book is a life study for the new century."

- Amy Newman

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