The poems in Negotiations with the Chill Wind are guided dreams — concerned with nothing more than the magical familiarity and strangeness of where and how we choose to live.
John Hughes locates in a geography of oceans, forests, cities and townlands a world which is never what it seems — somewhere which is as terrifying as it is exhilarating.
Hughes is interested in discrepancies . . . the gap he is concerned with is the one between reality and fantasy, between the world we live in and the one we invent and inhabit in secret . . . intriguing . . . a promising talent . . . able to illuminate the significance of a story without heavy-handedness.
— Clair Wills, TLS
Year Published: 1991
ISBN PBK: 978 1 85235 075 8