"Her best poems keep bursting off the prescribed limits of the page…in the same way that great paintings burst their frames… Ackerman has energy, wit, courage, and passion… All of her is in each poem, and this ‘all’ reveals a woman of sensitivity, restraint, ingenuity, and passionate daring."
— Hudson Review
"I know enough to know when I’m in the presence of a brilliant mind. Her acrobatic poems are full of fact and exuberance."
— Maxine Kumin
"The best lyric poet now writing in the United States."