"What a wonderful collection of poems to have in this world, our world, for us to turn to when we need them.”
"I loved this. I’m not a massive poetry buff or anything but I read and liked and understood and was moved by this and you can’t really ask for more from a book of poetry than that, I think. Recommended.”
"The book ... is beautifully designed... The lines are short, sometimes consisting of a single word, and the poet favors simple, everyday language. The majority of the poems are also very brief, only two or three stanzas long, and focus on a single, meaningful moment.”
"The collection is filled with ... micro-observation distilling life down to its most elemental and, more often than not, tragic moments.”
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Everything Else We Must Endure allows the reader to peep through domestic doors not fully closed and see the varied interiors of the lives being led, introducing us to memorable characters who remind us that not all action takes place in the spotlight. In these poems, even the mundane sparkles and sometimes it’s the young who have wisdom to spare.
“Brian’s rich talent allows him to say so much with so little, to craft emotion and meaning with such simple, gentle, everyday words. This is welcome, accessible poetry; honest, generous, warm and wise. This collection is a deep-dive exploration into the simple distractions of life, and one which reminds the reader of the joyand the uneasinesswhich surrounds us all.”
Jason Johnson, author of Woundlicker and Alina
“Sharp, often funny, sometimes world weary, always interesting.”
Tony O’Neill, author of Digging the Vein and Down and Out on Murder Mile
“Brian McGettrick’s poetry stands out because it combines a focus on the reality of everyday life situations with an ability to excite surprise or wonder in the reader…these poems deal with themes that are everywhere around us.”
Eabhan Ní Shúileabháin, poetry editor, The Stinging Fly