"Mort is prepared to employ rhyme, half-rhyme and internal rhyme, and there are a couple of sonnets here. His control of the verse-line and the verse-paragraph are as impressive as his incisive way with words and images… Here the invitation to 'think' provokes no abstract generalities but precise concrete images drawn from the physical world."
"Like Keats he loads every rift with ore; he can turn an Anderson shelter or a domestic encounter with a bat into a rich verbal concoction."
Graham Mort has had a lengthy career as a freelance writer and artist in education, specialising in innovative combined arts projects. He has taught writing courses for the Arvon Foundation and Taliesin Trust and was director of studies for the Open College of the Arts. He lectures in Creative Writing at Lancaster University where he directs the Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research and develops writing projects in Africa for the British Council. Amongst his many awards are the Cheltenham Poetry Competition first prize (twice), a major Eric Gregory Award, two Duncan Lawrie prizes in the Arvon Foundation International Poetry competition, and a Poetry Book Society recommendation.