The poems of Angie Estes' remarkable debut collection, The Uses of Passion, are elegantly composed and artfully restrained, yet they are also uncommonly wise. Like the Gods and heavenly bodies of the Renaissance painters she loves, the earthly bodies of these poems are also subject to the same gravities and amorous forces, the same profoundly ironic weathers and shifting perspectives of those above. These meditations illuminate how it is this field of constantly moving passions will, in the end, define us all. The Uses of Passion grants us that rarest of pleasures—the chance to watch a singular poetic mind and talent at work, the chance to honor a new, persuasive voice.
—David St. John