J.D. McClatchy said: "Susan Kinsolving's poems skate with a dark elegance on the thin ice between the upper air and a deepening sorrow, between the day's figures and memory's pattern. But she' s headed towards love: the distant shore, the beckoning warmth; and by the end of Dailies & Rushes she has gotten herself -- and, to our delight and gratitude, brought us as well -- triumphantly there."
Edward Hirsch said: "In her first major collection Susan Kinsolving shows herself to be a poet of ravenous amplitudes, of wit schooled by feeling, of observation shadowed by memory, and of landscape rising to what she calls 'an oblique sublimity' which is also the hallmark of her art."
The New York Times Book Review said: "(A) brilliant debut. A powerful and practiced repertory of formal gestures including a startling backhand of wit and irony."