Reviews

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 The Unreturning

“…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

“…a sinuous and deft melding of popular language and discourse with intimate and vivid voicings of the mind in variously dramatic and personae-rich modes. The cultural memory work done by the pieces is freed up by the political energy, the class argument, the attention to current war ideology in the UK, and articulates also a very emotionally plausible account of the manner in which the dead of that war still speak to us.”
ADAM PIETTE


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