Priest Skear is a memorable masterpiece, and deserves to go down in the annals of sea poems... Liardet proves himself as musically adept a handler of repetition as T.S. Eliot in Four Quartets as he reiterates motifs, crescendos and codas. Priest Skear astounds with its athletic verbal virtuosity, coupled with alliterative gymnastic movements recalling Gerard Manley Hopkins; in Liardet’s case these are closely tied in with the cohesion of the sequence and its mathematical precision and satirical musical play that Alexander Pope would have been proud of.
| Patricia McCarthy, Agenda
One of the year’s most impressive collections.
| The Financial Times, on The Blood Choir
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