...the volume is surprisingly fleshed out given the economy of language. And despite the grippingly gorgeous lines in every single poem, the reality of colonialism, as well as its fictional version in these poems, is not a pretty one. Where Burns might exist in the common imagination as a rugged working man and poet of the people, No Ruined Stone portrays Burns as the coward he was, at least around slavery. 

Mandy Shunnarah
Off the Beaten Shelf