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“Olds writes “poetry more faithful to the felt truth of reality than any prose could be.” – Richard Wakefield.
'Completely original, both very funny and existentially bleak. No-one else is writing poems remotely like these'. Magma
Dense yet taut poems, grounded in an everyday enriched by an intelligent, idiosyncratic awareness -- Carrie Etter
Strands of autobiography, a deeply sensuous ecology of place, historical narratives; the inner world of imagination and the often difficult realities of the postcolonial nation are interwoven in McWatt's bold but carefully worked out architecture. Peepal Tree
In the face of loss - human, natural, temporal - McQueen finds salvation in language. Often her work is about artistic endeavour itself: the desire to freeze time, the realisation that this is impossible - Sarah Quigley
I don't want to be one of those ivory tower writers; I want to affect people's lives.
Who wants to know / a story's end, or where a road will go? - Sheenagh Pugh, 'What If This Road'
In Smither's poems, the simplest details can be trapdoors to eternity - to 'take in life' can be a promise or a threat. - Hugh Roberts