James McAuley, review of The Nitpicking of Cranes [inter al.], in The Irish Times (12 Feb. 2005), Weekend, p.10, quotes: The blackthorns above Fenore / are flight rooted; / they are folklores skeletons, / beggars of the green road. Remarks: So begins the first poem of Michael ODeas second collection, The Green Road. The quiet assertion of a metaphor is carried down through four two-beat quatrains. Metaphor sustains diction and tone, rather than imposing some “Important message” on the imagery. This is likeable poetry, sometimes cryptic, sometimes expansive, meeting each subject more or less on its own terms. A few darker poems toward the end are followed by a sequence on the killing,flelds of Cambodia , in the voices of 15 victims. Like Padraic Colum and James Stephens before him, ODea is in danger of being praised for poems such as “At Naomh Einnes Well” and “Visiting Lough Ree” while his eye-stinging poems on human frailty and human cruelty, such as “Suddenly...” and “Seeing …” are overlooked.