The Post-Rapture Diner
[In The Post-Rapture Diner] the brashness and sadness of our polyglot nation is given voice. Dorothy Barresi speaks in tongues—of 'undetonated cherubs,' sitcoms, and agents provocateurs. Her toughminded, eloquent poems articulate family tangles, unintentional cruelties, innocenc and sophistication. . . . With colloquial grace, Barresi sings the American of 'the all-night/pizza delivery boy, the sales clerks, the mobile/dog groomers, the bookies and breadmakers . . . The Post-Rapture Diner creates a language commensurate to the ethical complexities of this particular American moment and to the ongoing human dilemma.