The first time I looked into Alan Gillis’s poetry, I was completely taken by it. Even though there was so much to take in at first glance, I was immediately hooked by its linguistic exuberance, its intelligence, its black humour, its sometimes zany flights of imagination that are grounded in an emotional reality . . . the poems are often gloriously funny, formally brilliant, jinking deftly between streetwise talk and mordant rhetoric.
— Ciaran Carson