Originally published in Fortnight, no. 296, June 1991
A rich poetic harvest
John Ennis has produced that wondrous thing: the long poem. On a family outing to an arboretum he sees that it is a kind of microcosm of the earth, of all its territories and its peoples. This sparks off reflections on nature, history and humanity, interspersed with the sensuous immediacies of earth and leaf. Its multiple directions are firmly framed within the passing of the day. An unusual and accomplished work.