Sirr’s maturing continually strikes and his artistry grows apace . . . he strides forward to become, I am sure, one of our outstanding poets.
— Tom Clyde, Fortnight
Journeys and journeying occur constantly in Peter Sirr’s collection though their focus is not always strictly geographical. A sense of dislocation or restlessness sounds in forms which are often those of travel writing — the diary, the notebook, the quickly sketched dispatch — and the poems aim for both the looseness and accuracy of those modes. An extended sequence, ‘Death of a Travel Writer’, with its shifting tones, narrative discontinuities and variable pronouns, is typical of a stimulating and beguiling book.