Author: Jim Chapson
Publisher: Syracuse University Press (2011)
"Please listen, poets. The pellucid diction and sardonic cool of the old Chinese, Greeks, and Romans suffuse [Chapson's] laconic art, but with a thoroughly singular and modern mien. It is an inimitably Chapson tune, and there is no other Augustan song like it in our time that comes close. He is, I say, our finest living classical poet, hands down. And whether he intends it or not, he intimates, thus, the lineaments of what a consequential poetry of the polis might become. . . .He is something like our Cavafy."