Reviews

Martin Malone’s debut is breathtakingly assured – a rich, attractively male excavation of time and place, landscape and language every word alert to the elements without and their emotions within.”

CAROL ANN DUFFY



“Malone is a Romantic at heart, feeling the landscape, living the language, catching the drift.”

SIMON ARMITAGE



“Any attempt to forge a new nature poetry in the English lyric tradition is a bold undertaking, but Malone's sensibility and assurance make this possible. His voice is distinctive, his eye clear and sure, and his ability to change pace and direction in a poem makes his work both elegant and surprising.”

MICHAEL

SYMMONS ROBERTS



Cur

"I have always been impressed by his work whenever I have encountered it, so it was a treat to see this nicely produced collection from Shoestring Press. As a poet he is acutely conscious of the energies that animate us … Malone still jumps with a ‘jazz’ of his own, and is more than capable of ‘Keep[ing] the beat’ with the best."

ENVOI  Issue 174, October 2016.



“His poems are bold in subject style; his voice never murmurous but full-throated and confident.”

JEFFREY WAINWRIGHT



The Waiting Hillside…must rank among the most sensitive and insightfully touching works on the relationship between a man, a woman and a boy in recent poetry.”

NEW WRITING CUMBRIA