"Whether immersed in the exotic claustrophobia and sexual edginess of a Louisiana bayou or smelling again the sweat of workers in her father's garage, or remembering an aunt's passion for extravagant hats . . . Sandra Alcosser always gives us poems vivid with what she calls 'the tangible feel / of being alive.' EXCEPT BY NATURE is an exceptional collection: feisty, accomplished, and mature, its poems brim with serious delights".--Eamon Grennan.