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  • What's the best thing about judging the Forward prizes? Free books? Reassessing a poet you hadn't paid enough attention to? Those are good, but the best might be the poems, and odd lines, that stick in your head. They may be from books that didn't even make the shortlist, but they've still made a mark – Dannie Abse's line "Men become mortal when their fathers die" from his collection Speak, Old Parrot, isn't going to leave me any time soon.

    Guardian Books Blog
  • The phenomenal Dr Abse still prescribes verbal wit and human warmth, radiant memory and blazing perception, as remedies against a time of life when "all pavements slope uphill". This veteran flyer can still sing and swoop.

    Independent
  • Dannie Abse's line "Men become mortal when their fathers die" from his collection Speak, Old Parrot, isn't going to leave me any time soon.

    Guardian
  • It’s a book packed with both feeling and swagger, a tumbling energy that belies the closing farewell.

    Literary Review
  • There is much that could be said about this inspiring collection, and all of it positive. It should be bought, read and re-read.

    New Welsh Review

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