This "Selected" contains material from Langley's previous two collections, "Man Jack" and "Twelve Poems", as well as newer and unpublished material. Langley's work is demanding, but rewarding to. Longer poems such as "Juan Fernandez" and "Matthew Glover" are mixed with shorter pieces, but all are carried by the playful, sometimes terse but never self-ragarding language of a confidant and assured poet. A friend of J.H. Prynne, Langley's work has a more playful, accessible and humerous edge which gives the reader a more immediate reward.