Loss and Gain (1981)
“The poetry of Gerard Smyth is always interesting and worthy of attention … His predominant interest in language and his deft handling of it create a tension throughout his work, and a polish, so that he achieves a subtle poetic statement.”
Rita E Kelly
“All his poems, even his less successful ones, communicate a sense of unquestionable integrity.”
“I can still recall the excitement of reading Smyth’s Orchestra of Silence…Smyth, along with Michael Smith, Liam Murphy and Michael Hartnett, was part of a counter-course in Anglo-Irish poetry.”
“His poetry is uniquely his own, standing in a strange purity in the welter of poems now appearing here.”
The Ulster Tatler.