The pleasure of reviewing becomes a privilege when presented with poets and poetry of this quality... To adopt and adapt a phrase from The Beatles...Longley in [his]communion of the spirit and the soul gift[s] us with alchemical compounds, “saviours of the human race”.
Hayden Murphy, Herald Scotland
Thoughtful, elegant poems that celebrate family life, grandchildren, and a long marriage.
The Irish Times, Rosita Boland
Unafraid to capture the intimacies and specifics of this life, Longley is also one of the very few poets able to take us, time and again, to a place as “Wild and melodious” as the birdsong he celebrates.
Fran Brearton, Guardian
Lush and elegiac, delicate and muscular, melancholy and thrilling.
John Banville, Observer
June 15, 2017
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