by Stephen Oliver
Unmanned is a work of precisely focused, resonate poems and 'portraits' characterised by a strong and diverse gathering of themes. With its forthright vision and robust language, Unmanned marks an assured and uniquely structured progression, evolved through and set forth in earlier collections.
- Guardians, Not Angels, Hazard Press, Christchurch/Melbourne, 1993:
- 'There is something spacey, pithy, philosophic in his writing. He has a Citizen of the World air whose work suggests a transtasman literature is about to happen.' - James Tulip, Associate Professor, English Department, University of Sydney.
- '... he conjures a precinct where the human soul ... attains a simplicity and purity that is lost in art or structures obsessed with self-importance or definition.' - Bill Direen, The New Zealand Listener.
- Islands of Wilderness - A Romance, Penguin Books, Australia, 1996:
- 'A poet of great nuance.' - Peter Goldsworthy, The Australian Book Review.
- 'A wry intellectualism and an almost scientific objectivity which are characteristic of the poet's maturity ... it becomes possible to appreciate the strength and originality of Oliver's thought and feeling' - Alistair Paterson, Poetry NZ.