In 'The Stairwell', his tenth collection, Michael Longley's themes and forms reach a new intensity. The second part of the book is a powerful sequence of elegies for his twin brother, Peter, and the dominant mood elsewhere is elegiac
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"It is.the warmth in Longley's writing that marks his poems out, makes them cherishable. Never forced, that affection is simply there."
Observer||"Longley's 10th collection weaves his classical themes of war, family and flaura and fauna into measured songs of commemoration for those he has loved."
Sunday Times||"A book of tiny, delicately lyrical commemorations and commendations."
Tablet||"The Stairwell.is a stupendous collection of quiet beauty and universal significance."
Daily Mail||"The book I have loved best, and have gone back to again and again."