Daphne Gloag’s poetry has an extraordinary range of reference: to books, artists, architecture, place and the physical universe. What is remarkable about her writing is the way in which she investigates these interests and uses them to illuminate human experience.
Her poems are remarkable, especially in the way she has successfully taken complex concepts in modern science – particularly cosmology – and integrated them successfully and seamlessly into poems which speak of the human condition in an effective and moving manner. Her treatment of the scientific components of her writing is both authoritative and poetic. These features are best seen in the sections presented of a long poem, “Beginnings”, which reveal great humanity and strong but quiet passion: and running delicately through which is subtle and beautifully wrought description of a love relationship. An example of the interweaving of cosmology and human life are the following simple yet wonderfully powerful three lines: “They played Bach and Twinkle twinkle little star / not knowing what a star is / or the violence of stars. This is, without question, an important collection.” - John Latham