. . . a groundbreaking and important book on poetry and its forms. Most outstanding is how the book is true to its title; it is an exaltation of forms. . . . Most impressive is the range and eclecticism of topics: LANGUAGE poetry lies next to new formalist poetry lies next to slam poetry lies next to shaped poetry. In short, this book deftly and enthusiastically answers the question of where poetry stands at the beginning of the 21st century.