"Weaver's life studies and lyrics are imbued with a vivid sense of language, a vivid sense of the world, a vivid sense of their inseparability. And his tonal range—from unabashed passion to the subtlest velleity—is impressive indeed. This is a singular talent."—Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
“Weaver is an outstanding new voice in African American poetry, the most lyrical writer to emerge this decade, a man who writes with rural and urban idioms that give us a truly new American poetry.”
—Dr. James V. Hatch, Hatch-Billops Collection
“Weaver is expanding the great tradition in American parlance and song. He strives for the deep resonance of American Grand Opera, in the Whitman tradition. One of his sources for inspiration are the Big Bands, his father’s and mine. His poems expand the rhythm section, “straight talk” from ancestry and remembrance. His poems are incremental revelations, his own poetic music. It is a fine rhetorical striving, undiminished.”—Michael S. Harper