When Michael O'Neill senses
gangs / of shadow half-beckoning from twilit water, the moment is eerily alluring as well as scary. Fusions of feeling recur throughout a book that has something of the
darkness praised in his poem 'Louis MacNeice', along with a strong responsiveness to the physical and visual experience of living. Formally adventurous and alert to change and movement, combining memorable phrasing with a reaching towards the unsayable, Gangs of Shadow brims with imagery of past, present and future; its poems
seek to bear witness, and above all sing.
Read a new poem and a 'deep note' on it by Michael O'Neill in Prac Crit
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Published June 2014