Reviews & Mentions

'Extremely good poetry, very  powerful, very affecting, very well crafted.' Boyd TonkinThe Intelligence podcast, May 2020

‘Names’ is a sprawling meditation on themes of emotional and familial exile. There is in this poem an enactment of Elizabeth Bishop’s question ‘Should we have stayed at home?’ For Bishop there seems to be a choice; for the poet of ‘Names’ there is no choice, really, but the ritual of discovering home, a place of belonging in memory and in the names that are given to us. It is a complex poem of tentacles that plait themselves together beautifully. Kwame Dawes, Poetry London Clore Prize 2018

'Rich and scrupulously attentive poems - this poet gave us language that seethed and teetered on the brink; this is powerful and exciting poetry.' Manchester Poetry Prize 2017

'Extraordinary poems, powerfully personal, subtly political, metaphysical.'

Voter's praise on 'Rice & Rain', Saboteur Awards 2018

'Ante's mixing of the small and grand scale, and her clarity of vision, are particularly impressive.' Declan Ryan on 'Rice & Rain', The Times Literary Supplement

'Her poems are carefully structured and take turns that surprise and reveal... Ante shows us challenging realities, hope for the future, the past’s importance and the enduring ties of family.' E.E. Nobbs on 'Rice & Rain', The Ofi Press Magazine 

'This is a powerful debut that demonstrates a control of language and emotion typical of poets at more advanced stages in their careers. In her editorial blurb, Jane Commane says Ante’s poems are ‘a real feast for the senses.’ Indeed, by focusing on sensory details – from listening to the ‘rattle’ of ‘monsoon raindrops’ and the ‘tarri-tik’ of the ‘hornbill’, to smelling a mother’s ‘tamarind-scented fingers’ – Ante’s work richly exploits sensory awareness of her homeland, The Philippines.' Elisabeth Sennitt Clough on 'Rice & Rain', Sphinx