Twentieth Century Women

“The world according to Vogelsang is three-fifths reality and two-fifths dream, but the resulting surface is so artfully camouflaged that it’s impossible to know which is which. You feel that you are standing on a curb… and that a step in the wrong direction might plummet you into the bottomless pit of a dream. A step in the right direction, however, might land you a little farther up the slope of reality where the air is refreshingly free…and perfumed with a certain spice that leads you to believe momentarily at least that the world has taken a turn for the better and that you are getting your life together. Vogelsang’s poetry is both abrasive and generous.”--John Ashbery, in his citation for the University of Georgia Press's Contemporary Poets Series, 1988