"Hassen Saker is at the eye of the storm for a new generation, lyric & personal & analytic & tough, committed to no medium but the truth."
"...Saker carefully dismantles sublimity’s power over language. "
The dilemma Sky Journal poses is what to do with these precise evocative poems. I put an excerpt on my teacup “…some things require sustained perception”; on my window “degrees of horizon slither past”; to accompany my plants in the corner “slow going mess through fall in leaf bed to oh where i left off love blinks fifteen years”; and two places on my ceiling to catch the occasional “look skyward”. Re-encounter, immerse, savor and …. read them, yes but I suggest u do something with these fierce beautiful poems too.
"I like how, in the poetry hassen writes, the writer largely disappears into words in motion, and the motions seem fresh with currents, breezes and eddies. something very tender survives that disappearance, tender and brave. hassen's poetry touches warmly, gives, hints, engages and stays grounded. it mediates and meditates with a resource of delight and integrity. I definitely like and admire this poetry."
~ Allen Bramhall
"…Listeners, please welcome the intensely focused fluid energy and three dimensional perspicacious magnifying glass that is hassen."