In Fred Chappell’s introduction to A Kelly Cherry Reader, he writes, “Cherry is a flambeau example of the extremely conscious artist, a writer who meditates ceaselessly upon the problems and possibilities of the poem, the novel, the short story and the essay. She ponders what she has done and how she has done it; she thinks about the approaches and techniques she has employed, and she labors to extend and expand them. This kind of effort is not common to all writers, many of whom will write this year pretty much the same novel they wrote year before last, the same poem they wrote twenty years ago.”
, K. C. A Kelly Cherry Reader. Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2015.