When Chris McCully's first book of poems, Time Signatures (Carcanet, 1993), appeared, the Observer described the poet as 'a keen fly-fisher, a translator of Old English poetry and an expert prosodist; and these skills have miraculously combined so that almost every poem alights on the surface of the reader's mind with absolute integrity, judgment, and profound allure'. McCully was, it added, 'a major poet in the making'. In Not only I, a collection of love poems, he begins to fulfil that promise. His international reputation as a linguist, philologist, writer and theorist informs the collection, from the choice of inevitable structures to the explored cultural and individual difficulties of desire and loss. In this generous - and often wry - book, a poetic talent comes to maturity and finds its achieved voice.