How easy it is for Harriell to write in a spoken vernacular, a voice that sounds at once familiar and specific, and not particularly spare.
- Sarah Busse (Verse Wisconsin)
Derrick Harriell's blues poetry is up on that special shelf of greatness! Cotton is Mr. Harriell's first book of poetry. It's really great to know that this young poet's work is now shining among the stars; and that there's much, much more to come. DAMN, ARE WE LUCKY!!! I wish the world could read his book--it might learn something new about itself.
-Denis Gray (Author of Lucky, a novel)