‘… it is rare to contemplate a first collection that is so assuredly and comprehensively a success.’ (Kevin Bailey, HQ Poetry Magazine, nos. 47&48)

My full collection, Noir, is now available from HappenStance. See more, and order a copy, over in the HappenStance shop.

DA Prince wrote in her review for Antiphon: ‘Tension between language’s clarity and situational ambiguity drives not only this poem but the whole collection.’

And: ‘It’s not about solving puzzles, or getting the right answer but about how vulnerable, shaky, unlikely, unhappy, immediate and menacing are the lives of ordinary people on the everyday street; people like us… Noir suits our times.’

Lisa Kelly in Magma 67 said: ‘Several scenarios co-exist. And if the mind is more ‘process’ and less ‘noun’, then its dynamic potential does indeed allow for multiple workings and re-workings…’

David Clarke, in Under the Radar (issue nineteen), described the book as: ‘a very original approach to the politics of gender, relationships and family that has an implicitly political intent.’

Josephine Corcoran in The North, 58, said: ‘Like a good thriller writer, Gann is skilled at suggesting, rather than showing… these poems reveal uncomfortable truths about modern life and human nature.’

John Field on Poor Rude Lines wrote: ‘Gann’s not interested in reassuring her reader with the distance of a Transylvanian or Los Angeles mise-en-scène. We’re made instead to wander the half-deserted streets of our own towns.’

And Peter Kenny wrote: ‘Noir provokes all kinds of questions… In the angst, the curious interplay of observed and observing, and the sense of near-palpable danger, there is a dark magnificence to these poems.’

See a Poetry Spotlight interview where I talk about the collection here.

And further online reviews: