Blurbs for earlier books
"A superb piece of work . . . . A set of poems entirely remarkable for
the physical pungency of their language, their muscular and sensitive rhythm, their power in
creating a particular work in its real time and place. Some of the poems are positively harrowing in
their effectiveness, the truth and depth of their feeling, which, of course can only be revealed by the most
careful, intelligent craftsmanship." - James Wright
“What is new and comparatively rare in poets is [Jellema’s] discovery that a lyrical impulse and a meditative urgency may alternate, feed off each other, disguise themselves as each other… [His poems] show a technique forged from confrontation with the demands of content to become formal. That is what good poets can do and less good poets can never arrange.” - William Matthews
"These poems run the necessary risks and win them all -- the risk of feeling without sentimentality,of gentleness without softness, and of startling without blinding or terrifying. Rod Jellema sees the strange in the ordinary and makes the commonplace wide again . . . .
This is couth poetry,but never flat.To read it is pleasure - Alberta Turner
And more recent ones . . .