Public and Confidential

Public and Confidential

1989

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‘Duncan Forbes has a good sense of reality, and of what Thomas Hardy called “life’s little ironies”. He does well with the short formal poem, often with a sting in the tail. Good lines are common: ‘All stones look semi-precious on the beach’, and he knows a bit more than many Nature poets … A lot of enjoyment may be had from these poems.’
– Gavin Ewart

‘He is also a deeply serious poet, for whom a world of innocence daily disintegrates into violence and horror, in such events as a man catching a fish or exterminating an ant’s nest. His poems trap the multitudinous ordinarinesses of everyday life, and make them bite. These are densely written and disturbing poems.’
– U.A.Fanthorpe

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