7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 27 March 2009
This collection is written by a poet who grew up in England though is Hungarian in origin. The poems have the sparkling brightness of Englishness, the sense of delight in the ordinary, but they are not wholly English. The light casts shadows, and the shadows are Central European, from some of the darkest corners of European history. Metro is one of the finest, most personal meditations on that history I have ever read.
The poetry is intelligent, deeply humane, insightful and, most importantly, beautiful. Each demands thought, leading you into a world illuminated by extraordinary powers of observation. It is a delight; loving but haunted. Szirtes is a significant poet.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 December 2012
Szirtes is surely one of the best poets writing in England today. This collection spans decades and gives a great insight into his development as an artist. It also gave me an idea of recurring themes across his collections, and made me eager to read more. Here is compassion, insight and occasional flashes of humor and all in the knowledge that we are capable of tremendous destruction. A great collection.