Essays on Voyager

Voyager: Selected Reviews

New Yorker

“Reddy is so gifted that the poems, despite their weighty origins, soar.”

– Review by Dan Chiasson


“The book itself is mesmerizing, and Reddy's lines are crisp and often eerily lovely.”

– Review by David Orr

Harvard Review

“Voyager is an indication of what is possible in the form. For its remarkable innovation, panoramic lyricism, and utter empathy, it may well endure.”

– Review by Broc Rossell


“Reddy’s operation concerns itself with making an already existing book—Waldheim’s memoir—into three books, and preoccupies itself with the impossible: making a new text where no words can offer any assistance or aid.”

– Review by John Rufo

Lana Turner

“Blind where he would be most virtuous, culpable in his evasions of power, Reddy’s Waldheim is one of the most memorable and disturbingly recognizable characters to emerge in recent poetry.”

– Review by Joshua Corey

The Believer

“Erasurists find their imaginative space by reading creatively. One of the genre's most creative readers in Srikanth Reddy. Not only is his erasure, the book Voyager, conceptually captivating, but the writing is amazing. Let me repeat that: the writing is amazing.”

– Review by Jeannie Vanasco

Chronicle of Higher Education

“Through Reddy’s ‘erasures’ and the negative capabilities of his excavated text we feel, even if we cannot see, what’s missing, what’s gone—into outer space, into self-denial, into the ironies of history and of the role between the wielders of pens and of swords. We find ourselves—culpable, impressionable, alive—in the human space he has created.”

– Review by Lisa Russ Spaar

LA Review of Books

“An impressively dexterous poet, Reddy subscribes to no one school or art, and his talents are interdisciplinary and vast. Inquiry coaxes his poems into their necessary existence, and he rightly recognizes that the routes of any inquiry demand the use of all one’s resources.”

– Review by Jennifer Chang

Boston Review

“Srikanth Reddy’s sequence of erasures or writings-through makes for a brilliant political poem—one of the few really notable political poems of recent years.”

– Review by Marjorie Perloff