Gallagher has been writing poetry for a long time and has learned her craft well. There is maturity and control in the writing and she can find an apt image. On being a long term immigrant (an Australian living in the UK) she writes
I have swallowed a country
it sits quietly inside me
Gallagher does have strong descriptive powers:
But for me, the real strength comes from the tenderness and authenticity of her more personal poems:
I'd seen his cool toe-balancing,
the grace of it, guiding my mother
into circles of Lehar and Strauss.
In the end, a worthy collection and well produced.