Reviews

For Larksong Static

"Even without this timely selection, Malone would be a significant poet of elegance and experimentation. But now, once and for all, he has proven he is deserving of far greater recognition, and his renewal of the English nature lyric will long outlive the scrolling newsfeed fashions of the contemporary scene."
SIEGFRIED BABER

For The Unreturning

“...Malone takes us on a dizzying ride through both popular and esoteric culture, and yet this work does not disappear into its own scholarship or cynicism, but keeps providing earned, if transitory glimpses of the human need for meaning..."
POETRY IRELAND REVIEW

“…a triumph of chronotopic synthesis, bringing together in significantly unstable amalgams ranges of language and experience that critically catch and address some of the glaringly painful ways in which we are, one hundred years after, heirs to the Great War’s tragic failures in imagination and intelligence.”
PETER ROBINSON

For Mr Willett's Summertime

“…he’s achieved something that has eluded most other poets – he has taken that most ritualised and appropriated of anniversaries, the 1914-18 war, and restored to it a critical bite.”
POETS’ REPUBLIC

“The success of this pamphlet is that he has managed to bring colour and heat to this material; to take, in places, what might be regarded as the archaic language of ancestors and make it speak to our time. As a response, or series of responses, to events of a century ago and to their continuing relevance, this is an affecting collection that stands as testament to one poet’s commitment to, as far as possible, bring the past vividly to the present.”
THE HIGH WINDOW


For Cur


“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


"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.


For Prodigals


“As ever, this poetry is rich with metaphor, association and allusion, all effortlessly handled...”

STAND (205) 103


For The Waiting Hillside


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

SIMON ARMITAGE


“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