• One of the finest lyric poets of our century

    John Burnside
  • Michael Longley is a lyric poet with perfect pitch. His formal elegance seems effortless...he is a master in an old, great tradition

    Elaine Feinstein, The Times
  • In his truest and most enduring poems, Longley manages, in Yeats's words, to hold justice and reality in a single thought without doing violence to either. The many poems in which Longley succeeds in this aim are among the great poems of our time

    David Wheatley, Guardian
  • Longley's war poetry can stand comparison with the best of this century

  • Longley's poems count the phenomena of the natural world with the particular deliberate pleasure of a lover's fingers wandering along the bumpy path of the vertebrae

    Seamus Heaney

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