"...these poems search for an utterance that can be wakeful to despair and fear, an utterance that can sing through, yet simultaneously net, America's distraction with the spectacle, and embody what Gertrude Stein calls 'open feeling,' a state of slowed, empathic receptivity. January Machine is a brilliant and moving collection."
- CATHY PARK HONG
"Part description, part abstract, always intelligent, sometimes awesomely strange, Schlegel’s carefulness qualifies and even improves the texture of an absurd and yet familiar 21st century everyday, lived outdoors and inland, between bathroom mirrors and surveillance screens, where “at the corner of Front/ and Main... a man stands/ partly contained within a cage” that is not quite his home, “when fear is a venue in states”; where patriotism is at once delusional and inescapable and comforting; where twentysomething anomie and adult responsibility show an uncanny ability to coexist..."
- STEPHEN BURT (from judge's citation for the 2014 Grub Street National Book Prize)