Along with Kevin Young, Bob Hicok, Jorie Graham, and Yusef Komunyakaa, Mary-Louise Parker lists Caroline Hagood as one of her favorite writers.
On Making Maxine's Baby
“A brave and innovative poetic exploration of the grotesque yet mystical universe of Maxine.”
"A postmodern inferno.
What if Dante were a female hobo who confused ideas with orgasms, saw Texas Chainsaw Massacre when she closed her eyes, and thought she was the devil's daughter?
Hagood's newest book, Making Maxine's Baby is a literary hybrid that reads like poetry but arcs like a novel...Hagood packs her latest work with references for readers to parse apart, from Medusa to Leatherface, exploring the use of ultra-violence in art."
“Tracking her flight from the hell of feeling, Caroline Hagood's metaphors unfold with a desperado's inventiveness.”
"A gorgeous book, eminently readable, full of surprises.”
“This is a daring book, an odyssey written from within the consciousness of Maxine."
—Nina Tassi, Editions Bibliotekos