"The poems in ACCORDING TO DISCRETION wander the world and send back reports full of marvelous observations. We are treated to a statue of the Madonna and her child being sniffed by a curious dog in Spain, coffins being hammered shut in Normandy, lids flying off trash cans in homage to the jazz musician Charles Mingus in Greenwich, money being burned to pay tribute to a dead relative in Taiwan, and peat smoke drifting over junipers shellacked by sleet in Ireland. In a poem about America's Bicentennial, several people sit on top of cars 'waiting for something miraculous' to happen. Readers of ACCORDING TO DISCRETION don't have to wait; poem after poem deliver accounts of the miraculous in everyday events. This collection, which often draws inspiration from jazz musicians, abstract expressionist painters, and other writers, is full of surprises that will delight readers for years to come." Henry Hart, author of Background Radiation
"Allen Jih and Adam Vines' ACCORDING TO DISCRETION is a series of relay races, each poet adding a burst of speed as the baton is passed on and then passed back with dizzying panache. But it's also an energetic anatomy of middle-class American life with a realist's reluctant appreciation of the surreality that surrounds us: 'You wish it all to be a simple hallucination.' Meanwhile nature serenely goes about its business of unknowningly chastising human artifice. ACCORDING TO DISCRETION is vibrant and enthralling poetry." Andrew Hudgins, author of A Clown at Midnight"