Andrew Burke: 'Undercover of Lightness' (March 2012)
Andrew Burke has made an indelible mark on our poetry over the years … Here is a poet to hail and to treasure.
Like William Carlos Williams, Andrew Burke is a master of the quotidian. Like Philip Larkin, he writes poems to “preserve things I have seen / thought / felt”. Burke is also, however, a poet of memory.
This book is full of illumination, clear intelligence, music and – most welcome – a sense of humour. Burke’s poems … are peopled, full of living and speaking. … all the great themes of love and mortality are made fresh and real.
A master of the context clash, Burke’s poetry … does what it wants to do, goes where it must. It’s fun to be along for the ride. Hold on to your hat!