"Encountering the locations in focus throughout the pages of Christopher Cessac’s Eros Among the Americans, I’m reminded of Richard Hugo’s “triggering towns,” as particular places with names suggesting literary allusions also exist in a sensitive poetic imagination, one that ignites lyrical language and engaging images or incidents evoking surprising elements, as well as expressing genuine emotions, which generate rewarding and powerful results for readers."
"Eros Among the Americans offers a geography of poetry that bears the longing "to sing of inexpressible things." These poems give new words to love and the obstacle-strewn world in which we seek it. ("No dictionary gets it half right"). Cessac taps into something vital, something real, as we visit his imagined towns, and he deftly convinces the reader that wherever we have been we've not yet arrived where we're going; we straddle that old divide between the familiar and the strange. This is a collection of poems both reassuring and edgy, accessible and delightful, poems as clear-headed as any tango with the muse will allow."
--James R. Elkins
Republic Sublime "stretches like a great Benton-like mural, 'bare-chested, muscles flexed,' where the 'Gospel according to John O'Sullivan,' heavy-metal music, and the maxims of Emerson all seek to address Cessac's eventual question: 'How to explain America?' It's a literate, allusive collection that accumulates into a cultural history of poetry and conscience, indeed a republic of letters. These are tight, often syllabic, intense documents that mean to trace the evolution of art, of passion, of meaning itself . . . Republic Sublime conveys real authority without straining; it wields sharp wit without being snide; it is sincere without the smear of self-indulgence."
-- David Baker
"Christopher Cessac writes: 'each morning begins both a pilgrimage / to reason and a revolution against reason.' He also writes: 'And what reason, reason /enough? Because the evening's warm, because / the evening's cool. Because the evening is.' The intense but playful intellectuality of Cessac's powerful Republic Sublime always challenges itself, always acknowledges the limits as well as the merits of its thought. It's as ambitious and rewarding a first book as I've read in years. Why read Republic Sublime? Because, as Cessac says, 'Wisdom tastes good.'"
-- Andrew Hudgins