the center of Buckeye’s clear, direct prose is moral
memory. All his life, from Cleveland to Bratislava, he has
been measuring the material world from the body out. It is
this rare combination of moral memory and materialism that
makes Buckeye’s writing so compelling.
Buckeye has a visceral sense of place—and the outward
spaces he inhabits in his work are matched by a pressure from
within, as Wallace Stevens might say; a pressure that seems
to issue from the body, and that makes the connection between
body and mind visceral, combative, compelling.
captures a rare emotional authenticity and realism attained
by few authors .... the piece is a testament to Robert
Buckeye’s ability to craft a truly honest and
powerfully real work of fiction.”
on Left in Review of Contemporary Fiction
Buckeye’s work—whether he deals with intimate or
far-flung geography—has an edge to it, an incisive
lyric toughness that’s very much his own. The voice has
pace, rhythm, force.
must work with what we have. From wherever in the
-- Amiri Baraka