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  • Collected Poems is vital...and reminds us that Longley is not only a lyric poet of the first rank, but a clear-sighted observer who knows the real world when he sees it, even as he knows that it cannot be grasped, only celebrated, or interrogated, or mourned - which is to say, given its due - as it passes

    John Burnside, Irish Times
  • A wonderfully capacious book, at once stringent and delicate

    Andrew Motion, Observer Books of the Year
  • Of the modern writers who deal with conflict, I believe Michael Longley, whose father fought in the First World War, is the greatest figure we have. I carry his work with me to the war zones of the world

    Fergal Keane, The Times
  • An essential book for anyone interested in poetry

    Times Literary Supplement
  • Michael Longley's Collected Poems brings together in one beautifully designed volume the work of this marvellous poet, reminding us, if we needed reminding, of the authority of his voice and the beauty of his line

    John Banville, Irish Times Books of the Year

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