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  • 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

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