"Precise and attentive, O'Riordan has the painter's eye for detail and the pianist's touch for sounding the right notes" (Simon Armitage)
"These musical, deftly patterned poems are the products of a determined intelligence. They make for a convincing and sustained debut" (Adam Foulds)
"This collection does not read like a debut. It has an established feel - as if Adam O'Riordan, who is in his mid-20s, had been around for decades. Only that makes him sound dusty, and he isn't. The unfashionable beauty of this collection - shining, musical, aloof - is that it is intimate without being confessional... This collection is a most finished beginning" (Kate Kellaway Observer
"Adam O'Riordan brings an understated music to poems of birth, death and love
, proving that novelty needn't be ostentatious. His poem on 'The Leverets', "Clawed from its nest into the cold world / sudden and bright and, in an instant, over", stopped me in my tracks." (Sarah Crown Guardian
"In the Flesh is an auspicious debut, fill of unforgettable lines and hard-won insights. Adam O'Riordan is the real thing" (Hugo Williams)
Confident, seductive, and thrillingly assured, an enthralling introduction to one of our most exciting new British poets.