Awake since midnight, he had already reported in: eggs, orange juice, a decaffeinated coffee substitute, a cantilever, a butterfly.
Disquieting and deeply moving, Shane Strange’s debut collection inhabits a space that is somehow both intimate, and remote. All Suspicions Have Been Confirmed is marked by precise, pared back language, and immediate, hauntingly resonant imagery: we move through the space and places, the cities, the landscapes of these poems almost as we might move through a film, or a vividly remembered dream.
‘All Suspicions Have Been Confirmed’ is a marvellous debut collection. While exploring the socialisation of boys and their relationships, Strange also makes a significant contribution to a poetics of pastoral and place. This book is disquieting, tender and heartrending. Its language might be pared back, but it is also evocatively dramatic and sympathetically probing. There is a sly comic edge and imagist confidence to Strange that is at once precise and immediate. This is a collection that is honed with startling intent. – Phillip Hall – read the full Blue Nib review here.