Already There is rich with memorable images and adventurous in form and subject: a beautifully shaped collection of poems. Blackwell writes with wit and with heart, and her arguments are often very subtle, her lines supple. Whether she's writing about Euclid, or the desert landscape, or spiders, or even a Hoover vacuum cleaner, one senses a great inquisitiveness and energy in her observations. She says poetry is ‘a way to carry wonder in a pocket.’ Indeed. E. M. Forster famously advised writers—and everyone else—to ‘only connect.’ Shirley Balance Blackwell connects.”

—Connie Wanek, Witter Bynner Fellow of the Library of Congress
Author, On Speaking Terms, Copper Canyon Press