"I revere books of poems that accomplish three things: praying, singing, and storytelling. The poems in West Portal achieve all three. The poetic modes are mixed and at times hybridized. Deep intelligence and deep feeling seem to hold each other in a death-gripped balance. There's something narrative at stake here, too. We're taking an emotional journey that carries us from one place to another. Maybe that isn't exactly narrative, but it borrows from narrative structure, and has something to do with a character evolving or changing over the course of a book. I love this about West Portal, a massively ambitious book."
–David Roderick, author of The Americans and Blue Colonial