It makes acute demands on the reader, both cerebral and emotional. The mix of poetry and prose is extraordinarily effective and deliciously unpredictable… Williams’ poems are lucid, complex and uncompromising. And often urbanely or terrifyingly black. His prose pieces on AIDS are confronting, illuminating and totally unsentimental. His writing … describes the inner lives of both sufferers and carers. The ninth satire is an original and important book.