Gangs of Shadow
When Michael O'Neill senses ",gangs / of shadow half-beckoning from twilit water",, the moment is eerily alluring as well as scary. Fusions of feeling recur throughout a book that has something of the 'dash' and 'darkness' praised in 'Louis MacNeice', along with a strong responsiveness to the physical and visual experience of living. Formally adventurous and alert to change and movement, combining memorable phrasing with a reaching towards the unsayable, Gangs of Shadow brims with imagery of past, present and future, its poems ",seek to bear witness, and above all sing",.
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