Red Hen Press, 2005
“The astonishingly high level of performance throughout this collection of poems would take almost any reader by surprise. Scattered among them are individual poems of such perfected skill, such vivacity, wit and intelligence--exhibiting Dickinson’s cunning, Bishop’s carefulness--that a reader is filled brim-full of gratitude.
"There is often an amorous situation in Leslie Monsour's poems, but their most constant aspect is their observation, their eager looking, as when the water of a swimming pool is seen "Clear to the blurry floor." Such a poem as "The Snail in the Marigold" might put one in mind of that attentive gardner, Emily Dickinson. And in another key entirely, "Illusion of Loss" handles a triditional theme and figure with telling simplicity.