“When Yates and I first met and had dinner at the University of Missouri, he was an undergraduate. His work was brilliant then. This I told him and his department head. This Canticle for Electronic Music underscores the acuity of my forecasting.”—W.H. Auden, The Quest
“With great admiration for your work.”--Joyce Carol Oates
“I appreciate this poet’s concentration, swiftness, density: his choice for the deeply personal utterance and that only. He wastes no time with exercises, set themes, and other conventional maneuvers.”—Henry Rago, editor, Poetry.
“He is violent and unpredictable…has a wild, unconventional imagination.”—James Dickey
“Dangerous minds investigate dangerous places in the mind. Most of your work lives in these places.”—Yehuda Amichai.
“J. Michael Yates is the most lively and original writer of his generation.”—Robin Skelton
“I appreciate your keeping me out of trouble almost as much as I appreciate your poetry.”
“This young writer, unlike most, is fearless in matters of dangerous themes and dialogue which will clearly come over the lights.”—Arthur Miller (as judge of Yates’Major Hopwood Award winning manuscript, Subjunction.)
“Michael Yates is a great poet who has given us such a universe. I consider his The Great Bear Lake Meditations to be by far the most ambitious and successful meditative poem ever written in Canada.”—Fred Cogswell