• "If genius is operating anywhere in English poetry at present, I feel it is here, in Burnside's singular music"

    Adam Thorpe, Observer
  • "A poet of rare and extraordinary talent"

    Michael Bracewell, Independent
  • "Lyrical beauty, emotional charge and unforced clarity of form... His poems are acts of revelation"

  • "Burnside has a stillness and emotional restraint, a respect for the observer and observed alike which is serious, exemplary and rare"

    Times Literary Supplement
  • "Burnside's vision is of another, sacred, fragile world that co-exists with our own dailiness: his gift is the ability, through poems of a rare and exquisite precision of language, to let his reader glimpse it"

    Elizabeth Burns, Scotsman