Peter Forbes has called Sail "a lyric poet in the classic mould". Building into Air adds to the achievement of Out of Land: New & Selected Poems (1992). These are poems "haunted by disharmony, by a sense of edges and endings, the silence after musicÖ marvellous exotic miniatures, enamelled models of perception" (Times Literary Supplement).
"Unalloyed good writingÖ Sail's work is certainly tender. Disturbances, threats and doubts are confronted in his poems, but there is an equally vivid tendency towards celebrationÖ He seems to me a poet of acceptances more than rejections. There is a genuine presence of affection in his writing, of world-love and enjoyments."
Douglas Dunn, Poetry Review
"Beneath the elegance and refinement of Lawrence Sail's artistry is the ever-present undertow ñ the current below the aesthetic surface, moving in a contrary direction to that of the surface current, and it is this that gives the poems their authority and depth of vision."
Catherine Beeston, Critical Survey