The portents of Equatorial are timely. With razor accuracy McBryde’s poems range across ruined, dangerous landscapes. He investigates the experiences of men at the limits of their endurance, yet also gives us poems of exquisite grace. Equatorial is a stunning, and, best of all, provoking new collection, the poet’s best yet.
– Jennifer Harrison
In Ian McBryde’s muscular poems we feel, again and again, the self engaging with obdurate elements: water, iron, stone. Yet there is also a lyrical sense of life as movement, sometimes circling, occassionally flying, sometimes engaged in the sheer struggle for survival. These poems are exercises in hope.
– Chris Wallace-Crabbe