Extract from a recent (October) review by Lyne Wycherley in New View. For the full Review, see the current issue 97, pp 117-118:
..One of the book's gifts is its feel for displaced humanity. Donaldson's empathy is with the poor and dispossessed, and the place in our hearts, he implies, which yearns for a free-spirited relationship with Nature and a niche of land to tend; our primordial "common wealth"...
Yet just as Adam Smith- the poet reveals- was more complex and humane than the economist of Capitalism we sometimes assume him to be, so the poetry moves towards a complex but hopeful conclusion....For even amid the "asymmetries of power" that can exile us so poignantly from the land, our human yearnings "to love and be lovely" are a healing impetus to recover a true wealth: an inner unity with Nature and the land.
by Lyne Wycherley