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  • An outstanding Audenesque long poem, “Letter to Friends” makes this book essential reading, as it brilliantly captures the zeitgeist…

    Sarah Wardle, Poetry Review
  • My favourite book was Profit and Loss by Leontia Flynn, demonstrating her unrivalled capacity as a good-humoured but devastating observer of the modern secular scene. “Letter to Friends”, Flynn’s long poem about the way we live now, is a masterpiece.

    Bernard O’Donoghue, TLS Books of the Year
  • Flynn’s place as one of the strongest and most skilful poetic voices of her generation is confirmed in Profit and Loss… [In “Letter to Friends”] like Auden, she addresses important issues here in a language that is both playful and serious, and in a form that is, if not “large enough to swim in”, at least robust enough to contain the many concerns she raises in it, from the delights and torments of personal and familial memory to the function and value of poetry in (postmodern) society.

    Philip Coleman, Irish Times
  • …A stunning third collection. Though she’s the youngest poet on the T.S. Eliot shortlist, Flynn writes with a sharp-eyed almost fatalistic wisdom. Her striking 320-line poem in iambic pentameter “Letter to Friends”, could be described as a State of the Union address – one that is highly personal but that takes stock of the larger world. It is this broad view that is one of her great strengths, as is her tone: sometimes earnest, sometimes irreverent, but invariably appealing.

    Kathryn Maris, Time Out

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