"A spectacular achievement which handles brilliantly the mysterious relationship between spirit and flesh, history and vision, intent and act, dream and reality."
"The poem is an astonishing feat of historical and literary imagination, and... should appeal to a very wide audience.... Brotherly Love... realizes fully the perspectives of both past and present and relates them coherently. It preserves and gives meaning to the American past; its hero embodies a worthy ideal; and it raises the great issues of national identity and policy. If it is not an American epic, I do not know how one could be written now.... [W]ith each reading it grows, expands, and develops richer meanings and further resonances in the mind."
–Monroe K. Spears, Washington Post Book World
"I have never before seen such a connection between the historical and the imaginative, nor have I encountered in many a long day such a strong and persistent lyricism within a larger dramatic compass."