"Powerful insights are rooted throughout, often bolstered by Curtiss’s technical skill."
"The elegies in Caleb Curtiss's first chapbook, A Taxonomy of the Space Between Us, contrast the painful reality of death with the plaintive unreality of those who have died."
"And within these captivating turns of language, the book's greatest strength lies in Curtiss's ability as a writer to maintain an unflinchingly raw vulnerability. A Taxonomy of the Space Between Us is a devastating read."
"I suspect our fate as human beings is to experience both grief and wonder concurrently—and to be both astonished and subdued by it. And, despite the difficult subject matter of Curtiss’ collection, this is what we find within A Taxonomy of the Space Between Us."
"Curtiss both embraces and indicts the logic of the natural sciences—drawing a line between (and connecting) matter and what matters—and the methods we use to cope, which are simultaneously necessary and not enough."
"Neatly composed and hard to shake"
"Curtiss’ strength as a poet comes from his ability to speak in a register that is direct and seemingly simple, and to then subvert the reader’s expectations by working against or complicating his simple language using form."
The Southern Review (Forthcoming Winter 2018)