A Beating of Wings is one of those delightful volumes of poetry that give the reader the
opportunity of meeting a lovely human being. "Let the soul dance," writes
Gertrude Rubin. My soul indeed danced with hers so many times. "Soul"
is the key word here – the part that lasts. "When I die, place a cutting of me in a glass of clear water." No need. These poems are her soul sprouting already.
- Allan Bates, English Department, Northeastern Illinois University
Gertrude Rubin's Poems rise from the occasions of her life, from her acute
perceivings, with apparent effortlessness, so unobstrusively convincing
and natural is her imagination, so developed are her
artistic skills. She is an observer of the mundane, the near-at-hand,
the ordinary lives and deaths of people, animals, trees and flowers
around her – in short, the range of experiences we all know but seldom penetrate imaginatively. Getrude Rubin has, over the years, built up a body of work that contains the kind of "new" William Carlos Williams said we famish for the lack of.
- Professor Ralph J. Mills Jr., English Department, University of Illinois Chicago
As a writer of narrative poems that are poigant and
life-affirming Gertrude Rubin ranks with the best of modern poets
- Rebecca Moskowitz, Writer
Sensitive to life's rhymes, to the natural world and the curious realm of human feelings
and connections, these poems face life and death with wide open eyes.
Never flinching, they show what is and push beyond the surface to strength and grace.
- Jill Baumgaertner, Associate Professor of English, Wheaton College