"A Walk by the River is filled with metaphysical musings, inquiries into mortality, and memory, but this Dante does not descend into the under-world for answers; he stays under the stars, on the banks of a discernibly Midwestern river, trusting his own imagination to carry him on, endlessly."
-- Joyce Sutphen, Poet Laureate of Minnesota
"I've come to conclude that Dale Jacobson's A Walk by the River is a masterwork."
--Larry Woiwode, Poet Laureate of North Dakota
"Dale Jacobson is a poet of lyric praise and political vision. If there is a politics in his poetry as there is in McGrath's, it is as spiritually suffused with nature as William Blake's, as imagistic and allusively argued as Neruda's, and as American as a coyote on a hilltop outside town waking us up with his lyrical, plaintive song."
"Throughout Metamorphoses of the Sleeping Beast, Dale Jacobson speaks for the unspoken, the victimized, the disillusioned, and does so eloquently, forcefully, in a voice filled with beauty and moral indignation."