Shadow Cabinet

Richard Sanger

"Richard Sanger writes with extraordinary power and intelligence of the poignant ironies of displacement . . . Shadow Cabinet heralds the arrival of a major new talent." -Amitav Ghosh

"Spectacular... Sophisticated metrical sense, teasing wit and limitless linguistic resources...The real thing: an original poet of rare talent." -Carmine Starnio, The Montreal Gazette

"An impressively assured debut, almost every poem a beautiful balance of image and narrative." -Fraser Sutherland, The Globe and Mail

"Submerg[es] the reader in oceans of memory and emotion without drowning them... An impressive body of work." -Ana Gordon,

"Remarkable mastery...A poet of unusual talent and poetic maturity." -Beatriz Zeller, Books in Canada

"Very accomplished...[Sanger] writes in a voice that is all his own, and its groundtone is a cleverly, progressively sophisticated one which is never merely adroit." -Terry Whalen, Journal of Canadian Poetry

"Shadow Cabinet is one of the most exciting, sophisticated and achieved of recent books of poetry in Canada, one that all readers and writers of poetry should enjoy and study. For Sanger, with luck and persistence, will be one of our most important poets, one whose work will find an international audience (it is already in American journals), instead of being lost in mediocrity, the pillow fights, of so much Canadian poetry." -Dan Reve, The Danforth Review