Precise and attentive, O'Riordan has the painter's eye for detail and the pianist's touch for sounding the right notes.
These musical, deftly patterned poems are the products of a determined intelligence. They make for a convincing and sustained debut.
Adam O'Riordan brings an understated music to poems of birth, death and love, proving that novelty needn't be ostentatious. His poem on 'The Leverets', "Clawed from its nest into the cold world / sudden and bright and, in an instant, over", stopped me in my tracks.
Sarah Crown, Guardian
This collection does not read like a debut. It has an established feel - as if Adam O'Riordan, who is in his mid-20s, had been around for decades. Only that makes him sound dusty, and he isn't. The unfashionable beauty of this collection - shining, musical, aloof - is that it is intimate without being confessional... This collection is a most finished beginning.
Kate Kellaway, The Observer
In the Flesh is an auspicious debut, fill of unforgettable lines and hard-won insights. Adam O'Riordan is the real thing
easily one of the best poetry collections in the past decade
Shifts in focus and perspective allow for a fresh and engaging exploration of time-honoured themes. This descriptive and imaginative daring makes In the Flesh a persuasive debut
Ben Wilkinson, TLS