From reviews of Desmond Graham's Not Falling (Seren, 1999) in which eight of the After Shakespeare poems first appeared:
A remarkable evocation of a neighbourhood sinking into decay, yet peopled by odd, forgotten lives; outsiders, lovers and loners, washed up seamen and retired policemen, seen in the light of Shakespearean prototypes. - NEW WELSH REVIEW
A gallery of urban low-life cleverly linked to Shakespearean analogues. Thus an old Frank Zappa fan and biker turned tattoo artist is an inner-city Prospero ... and a painter of Hell's Angels crash helmets is Ferdinand, transforming reality in unpromising circumstances into art and exhibiting 'a love of light where you would least expect to find it'. Graham, a poet who notices such things, has a way of finding those fugitive rays of light. - Nicholas Murray, POETRY WALES
Graham comes at cultural classics from unexpected angles ... Macbeth runs a protection racket, a thug with a Rolls and a mobile phone, and Coriolanus is a mafioso gangster ... the breadth of reference enables him to embrace playfulness and a sense of poignancy and affection. - Claire Powell, PLANET
Desmond Graham lives in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where he is Professor of Poetry at the University of Newcastle. In addition to his collections of poetry he has written a biography of Keith Douglas, a critical study of the poets of the First World War, The Truth of War, co-translated the work of the Polish poet Anna Kamienska, Two Darknesses, and edited Poetry of the Second World War: An International Anthology.
His collection After Shakespeare has been translated into Polish in 2002 and the Milena poems have been the subject of a jazz suite, first performed in Arnhem in 2003.