ANONYMOUS CUSTOMER REVIEW OF THE ASCENDING BOY ON AMAZON UK
'These poems are like a conversation with an old friend, June 4, 1999
Reviewer: A reader from Sydney, Australia
Well, what do you say? Surely this is what poetry is all about - the distillation of experience into intensified emotion. In this, Portrait Of the Artist As A Cyborg is a master. From his clumsy teenage fumblings with girls, to his superficial experience of the "low life", to his libellous attacks on his (unnamed) boyhood friends, Portrait Of the Artist As A Cyborg shows the detached interest and professionality of a Victorian lepidopterist. I'm glad the poet was nowhere near me during the years he describes, but he has at least done us a service in writing about them so graphically. I enjoyed this poetic self-expose (the reference to the famed "job scam" of '73 is particularly amusing), and look forward to the next instalment of Portrait Of the Artist As A Cyborg's odyssey.'