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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.”
Brendan Kennelly


“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.”
Thomas McCarthy


“His poetry is uniquely his own, standing in a strange purity in the welter of poems now appearing here.”
The Ulster Tatler.

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