The thematic and geographical range of The Herring Lass is impressive and inspiring.
Such irony, complexity and dexterity is typical of Cahill's work.
Cahill combines history, culture, storytelling, hunting and nature, demonstrating her ability to powerfully blend the local and the global, the specific and the universal, the constructed and the natural. Cahill's capacity for creating dense, specific and concise poems, while simultaneously addressing issues that transcend time and space, and thus attain universal relevance, is most impressive here.
The Herring Lass provides abundant evidence that Cahill is one of Australia's leading contemporary poets; moreover, Cahill must now rank in the top-tier of Anglophone poets worldwide, and her reputation should continue to rise.