By Justin Quinn
— James Harpur, Southword
‘So here’s the area back . . .’ starts the name poem of Justin Quinn’s 6th assortment, an international that's ‘suddenly huge / and intricate’, and that encompasses ‘the ordinary bloody mess / of primary Europe’ the place the writer lives.
By adjusting vintage styles to new landscapes and new occasions, this ‘realist with a powerful social moral sense and experience of historical past’ (Rory Waterman, TLS) teases solutions to questions of nostalgia for his local Dublin and of the longer term in shop for his teenagers in a foreign country.
With verbal wit and formal, fluent ingenuity those poems include the erotic as their writer identifies with birds he describes that ‘sing that they’re alive’.
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