One of Library Journal's "Thirty Amazing Poetry Titles for Spring 2014"
"Keetje Kuipers' poems are daring, formally beautiful and driven by rich imagery and startling ideas." --Tracy K. Smith
"Quietly ferocious, The Keys to the Jail is full of love and after-love poems that come clad with 'bell[ies] of rusted steel.' These poems are not afraid to feel, not afraid of desire or beauty or the inevitability of their respective undoings, not afraid 'to eat the filter on the cigarette.' Yet there is such generosity here in the 'repenned' landscape - out among the wolves and ghosts, the rodeo queens and Dairy Queens -that we are allowed to glean from hunger, a form of contentment, and still welcome the cavernous desire for more." --Elyse Fenton
"In these poems, longing is only shaped like emptiness, but really is filled with everything one might reach toward or put their mouth to as they sate themselves on desire. The Keys to the Jail are what they promise to be, an opening of the dark rooms within us, not to escape but to enter, to let the eyes adjust and learn to see what bright wants exist there." --Natalie Diaz"As a whole, the poems in The Keys to the Jail are bittersweet and tenderly defiant. As art, these poems both estrange and fulfill us. They leave us aching with the desire to overcome the want and sadness of the darker aspects of existence." -The Journal "Kuipers is a keeper ... Readers will feel the impassioned yet controlled energy that is lifted from these poems; fearless and possessing a precise sense of timing, -Kuipers's work keeps us reading." -The Library Journal Her poems about love between women can be her strongest, and her identities complex ... her sense of place serves her sense of how people behave. Fans of Mark Doty, or of Eavan Boland will find a lot here to like, especially once they get past the predictable breakup poems, into the verse about self-discovery, lust pursued or affection found, where the poet exclaims, 'hope is the saddest/ secret of all: Please, be wild for me.'"-Publishers Weekly