"Alan Morrison writes with bitter craft, radical eloquence and a passionate Naturalism. Like John Davidson, Robert Tressell, even Gorky, he makes rich poetry out of the thin and battered language of poverty. This is the real thing"
– Andy Croft, Smokestack
"...when Morrison tells what has to be told, one feels suddenly there is no other way of telling it, which is how we think of the great poets. Morrison may well be one of them"
– Frances Thompson, The Journal
"Morrison has attained the Holy Grail of poetic endeavour: a strong, distinctive voice"
– Stephanie Smith-Browne
The Strix Varia
"Morrison's work honours pavanine principles...but with substance. I'd suggest this definition of the term applies to Jeremy Reed, Robert Duncan, Peter
Redgrove and Penelope Shuttle, Niall McDevitt and many others. Morrison has a
massive range of language to accompany high-style. Strong and absorbing work"
– James Byrne, The Wolf
"Alan Morrison's poetry has been compared to Stevie Smith, John Davidson and Harold Monro. It resonates with shades of a gothic, confessional sensibility"
– Colin Hambrook, DADA South
"A real deftness of touch ... a lovely tone"
– Anne Rouse (Bloodaxe)
“Alan – who powerfully recalls a near namesake, Alun Lewis – can unflinchingly put bread and politics across in that order, urgently. His intensively compressed imagism, and generosity, strike at a wracked claustrophobia, creating something no-one else has done, or dares to do at present”
– Dr Simon Jenner, Eratica
“A distinctive voice” – Nicholas Bielby, Pennine Platform
“...a lot of talent with language, a complex and interesting stance”
– Peter Philpott, Great Works
“A remarkable poetic talent” –
Strother Jeremson, New England Gazette
“…four books, by a remarkably ambitious and prolific young writer, between them indicate the wide range of Alan Morrison’s writing so far, as well as the promise they hold for future achievement. Both single, book-length poem sequences reward the reader well with their breathless forward impetus, the sparkle of the kaleidoscopic imagery, and the constantly moving agility of form and thought” –
Graham High, Poetry Express
“Powerful emotion encapsulated in silken word purses” –
Ewan McConnachane, New Catholic
"...they are all heartstopping" -
Paula Brown, The People's Poet
"I love (this) work although it's a bit frightening" - Nick Clark, Poetic Hours
“Alan Morrison is a new but electric voice on the British poetry scene. Morrison has a ‘voice’ (“All that poets can have”, as Auden said). The books are beautifully typeset and printed, a joy to handle and a fascination to read. Morrison is a hope for English poetry where hope is in short supply” – Barry Tebb, Sixties Press
“A poet of enormous potential”
– Sophie Hannah (Carcanet)