• "To have heard him adds another pleasure to the reading of the work- but the voice speaks clearly on the page in poems of harrowing intimacy, politics and love. He holds a mirror up to himself: but we can see ourselves over his shoulder, whoever we are"

    Carol Ann Duffy, Guardian
  • "Durcan's... tall stories, dialogues and choruses, remind us that poetry can have popular reach and embody a genuinely countrywide spirit, without sacrificing integrity"

    Glyn Maxwell, Independent on Sunday
  • "Durcan's mastery of tone, his manic confidentiality, his blithe expositions of the seemingly unthinkable, his hypnotic repetitions of what other poets would hardly dare to utter once, all help to give [his work] an air of audacious authority unique in contemporary poetry"

    Brendan Kennnelly, Irish Times
  • "For him poetry is story-telling and his stories are told in a direct fashion that makes them totally accessible... Paul Durcan's poetry sings"

    Roger McGough, Sunday Tribune
  • "Like all first-class comedians, he is deadly serious"

    Terry Eagleton, Stand