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Work as if you live in the early days of a better world -- Alasdair Gray via Dennis Lee
Valerie Gillies writes like the wind and jinks like a hare in the fields of language - The Scotsman
'Must this be a woman's cross? This dissonance between what 'seems' and what 'is?' - Jane McKie, 'Change, Continuous Change'
He has created over the last twenty years a poetry of great tenderness in praise of the farming landscape and its human keepers. -- Les Murray
Not poems of investigation, but poems of indignation ... Marsh finds self-fulfillment in the act of speaking for the Pacific culture and its inhabitants - Poetry Salzburg Review
Sparkling poems full of sensuous richness and linguistic inventiveness - Edwin Morgan
There's something in me that insists it sings / Freely, for nothing, the lovely, lonely art / Called poetry, an art you understand. (from 'Venezuela' by Douglas Dunn)
Ron Butlin is that rare breed - a poet who takes the novel form and shows it is ripe for reinvention. Playful, haunting and moving, this is writing of the highest quality. - Ian Rankin