'These are poems steeped in the Bible, but always imbued with genuine emotion and insight into contemporary life and without a tinge of self-righteousness.'
'It is also hard to contest Avison's ability to find great poems while searching through the demands of everyday life. [...] Margaret Avison rules now -- and always.'
'Margaret Avison is the best poet we have had.... ''Searching and Sounding'' and the poem that rimes with it, ''The Dumbfounding,'' are not likely to be bettered by any work that any poet will ever publish.'
'Margaret Avison is a national treasure. For many decades she has forged a way to write, against the grain, some of the most humane, sweet and profound poetry of our time.'
'It is Avison's unique accomplishment to write, in and for a secular world, about faith and God, with intelligence and without becoming either sentimental or preachy. Her faith is foundational to her writing. In speaking about the forces that shaped her earlier writing, she relates how she resisted commitment to Christianity because she feared it would mean an end to writing poetry. As it turned out, ''new surges of vitality came with new Christian faith, and poetry lost its status as my first priority''.'
'From the serene, leaf-fringed branch on its cover, Always Now may not seem like a book that provides a seismic shock to expectations. But the surprise of reading Margaret Avison's poetry is, in large part, predicated on the extent to which we have underestimated it. Awarding her poems with canonical respectability has allowed us to tune out everything that is disquieting about them.
'Today, those untapped revolutionary properties wait like the insides of a shaken bottle of bubbly. So while you may appreciate her as the doyenne of our poetic past, Margaret Avison, at the age of 96, represents nothing less than the future of Canadian poetry: a future sympathetic to originality and the quirks of the individual imagination; a future sympathetic to intellect and vocabulary's rich vocal palette.'