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  • In The Days of Surprise the reader is continually, refreshingly, entertainingly, disturbingly surprised and, more importantly, nourished

    Niall MacMonagle, Irish Independent
  • A new Durcan poetry book is always a joy. This one is no exception

    Mayo News
  • Scrupulously paced poems of the life, times and beliefs of this emotionally intense yet intellectually rewarding writer are inscribed touchstones

    Hayden Murphy, Herald
  • To have heard him read adds another pleasure to the reading of his work – but the voice speaks clearly on the page in poems of harrowing intimacy, politics and love

    Carol Ann Duffy

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