"Taken as a whole, The Earth Avails reads as a remarkably cohesive narrative that can be taken as a kind of spiritual biography of a specific time on earth. Making becomes vital to the poems and their meanings, in other words. And the making involves the poet moving out of the way and surrendering to the subject matter, which makes the poem bigger. The “I” is consciousness, or perhaps greater good, more than it is autobiographical impulse."
Michael Klein, The Boston Review
The Earth Avails
"If we seek poems that stun us out of our own miseries, Mark Wunderlich's Voluntary Servitude is a book we should turn to. In his first collection The Anchorage, Wunderlich established himself as a champion of the homoerotic, and the certainly homoerotic servitude and domination are at the core of this second volume as well; however, this book reveals Wunderlich as a poet in command of archetypal themes that are much more widely inclusive, archetypes that slither with sensual innuendo but that struke at the core of any dream-haunted reader."
R. G. Evans, The Literary Review
"Mark Wunderlich's first book, The Anchorage, is a vigorous, necessary attempt to make our words catch up with your changing world: "This is America--beetles clustered with the harvest, dust roads trundling off at perfect angles, and signs proclaiming unbearable roadside attractions." The poems are extravagantly--perhaps I would say fiercely--autobiographical. The self-consciousness with which the poet starts touts the exuberant joys of the promiscuous, almost universal, body and its uncountably possible connections, sometimes violent--"the heaving back, the beard, the teeth at the throat"--and sometimes distanced by being placed in a minority social context, itself set in the geography of the prevailing society..."
F. D. Reeve, Poetry