‘Wonderful, audacious, inlaid poetry. Her command of register is masterly, moving from formal to conversational with graceful authority. Sensual detail, and  – in Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth – that beautiful, apparently effortless last line, Making is our defence against the dark.’ – Observer

‘If you are looking for love / try the mysteries of earth. If Ruth Padel is one our national treasures – and she most certainly is, given her intrepid questing across our planet to bring us expertly-sculpted stories to fire up our imaginations – then Emerald, her twelfth collection, is one of her greatest achievements. But the journey itself is only the first stepping stone to her lyrical reflections on the human condition.’ – André Naffis-Sahely

‘A triumph of imagistic ingenuity’ – Guardian