— Doug Holder, Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene
Valerie Lawson's crisp lines startle us with their concision—so effective in, among others, her inimitable nature poems. In Dog Watch we meet a fully arrived poet of passionate intelligence, able to speak forthrightly….
— X. J. Kennedy
I was startled by how much meaning Lawson managed to convey through physical description….
— G. Murray Thomas, Poetix, Poetry for Southern California
(S)o many... stand out with special clarity, for the unexpected views of reality they offer, for their daring use of language, and for the intelligent, sentient human voice behind all of them.
— Rhina Espaillat
Vivid, lucid imagery jumps off every page and strikes you with it's wonderful, lyrical verse. Highly recommended to poetry lovers everywhere....
— Midwest Book Review