New British Poetry

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The only definitive anthology of contemporary British poetry available in the United States,

New British Poetry presents the exciting work of thirty-five poets from England, Scotland, and Wales. In compiling this landmark anthology, T. S. Eliot Prize-winning Scottish poet Don Paterson and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Simic followed two rules: the poets chosen should be born after 1945 and should have at least two books published in Britain. The resulting anthology ...

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Overview

The only definitive anthology of contemporary British poetry available in the United States,

New British Poetry presents the exciting work of thirty-five poets from England, Scotland, and Wales. In compiling this landmark anthology, T. S. Eliot Prize-winning Scottish poet Don Paterson and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Simic followed two rules: the poets chosen should be born after 1945 and should have at least two books published in Britain. The resulting anthology collects some of the very best work of a new generation of poets who have come of age since Philip Larkin and Ted Hughes.

From established poets such as Andrew Motion and James Fenton, to mid-career poets such as Glyn Maxwell and Kathleen Jamie, to recent T. S. Eliot Prize-winner Alice Oswald, the work is fiercely intelligent, often irreverent, and engaged with traditional forms and an exhilarating range of styles.

A generous sampling of each poet's work is included. As Paterson writes in his introduction, "this group of poets represents some of the most intelligent and imaginative writers working in the English language today." New British Poetry is destined to become a seminal anthology, introducing many important new voices to American readers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555973940
  • Publisher: Graywolf Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Don Paterson is the poetry editor at Picador U.K. and author of The White Lie:

New and Selected Poetry. Charles Simic won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for his poetry collection The World Doesn't End. He teaches writing at the University of New Hampshire.

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Table of Contents

Preface by Charles Simic

Introduction by Don Paterson

Gillian Allnutt

Scheherazade

The Silk Light of Advent

Held To

Notes on living inside the lightbulb

The Road Home

Simon Armitage

Very Simply Topping Up the Brake Fluid

Poem

The Tyre

The Dead Sea Poems

John Ash

The Ungrateful Citizens

The Sky My Husband

Memories of Italy

Sujata Bhatt

(Shérdi)

Muliebrity

What Is Worth Knowing?

Fischerhude, 2001

John Burnside

Parousia

The Old Gods

Robert Crawford

The Saltcoats Structuralists

The Handshakes

The Result

Fiat Lux

Alba Einstein

Fred D'Aguiar

Airy Hall Nightmare

The Cow Perseverance

Sound Bite

Home

Peter Didsbury

The Shorter Life

That Old-Time Religion

Part of the Bridge

0Chandlery

Michael Donaghy

Machines

Shibboleth

The Bacchae

Caliban's Books

A Repertoire

Carol Ann Duffy

Prayer

Warming Her Pearls

Little Red-Cap

Circe

Ian Duhig

Fundamentals

Chocolate Soldier

The Lammas Hireling

Paul Farley

Treacle

The Lamp

Diary Moon

An Interior

Peter and the Dyke

James Fenton

Wind

A Staffordshire Murderer

In a Notebook

Mark Ford

Looping the Loop

The Long Man

Early to Bed, Early to Rise

John Glenday

Concerning the Atoms of the Soul

A Day at the Seaside

The Garden

The Empire of Lights

Hydrodamalis Gigas

Lavinia Greenlaw

Reading Akhmatova in Midwinter

Three

The Spirit of the Staircase

Zombies

Electricity

W. N. Herbert

Slow Animals Crossing

Cabaret McGonagall

Smirr

The King and Queen of Dumfriesshire

Selima Hill

I Will Be Arriving Next Thursday in My Wedding-Dress

I Know I Ought to Love You

My Sister's Jeans

A Small Hotel

Please Can I Have a Man

Michael Hofmann

Ancient Evenings

The Machine That Cried

The Late Richard Dadd, 1817-1886

Lament for Crassus

Kathleen Jamie

The Way We Live

The Bogey-Wife

Skeins o Geese

Pipistrelles

The Hill-track

Alan Jenkins

Visiting

Portrait of a Lady

Barcelona

Inheritance

Jackie Kay

Even the Trees

In my country

Finger

The Shoes of Dead Comrades

[from] Other Lovers

Gwyneth Lewis

Pentecost

'One day, feeling hungry'

Woods

The Flaggy Shore

[from] Welsh Espionage: ix Advice on Adultery

Roddy Lumsden

Always

An Older Woman

Piquant

The Man I Could Have Been

Glyn Maxwell

My Turn

The Poem Recalls the Poet

Helene and Heloise

Jamie McKendrick

Ancient History

Sky Nails

Six Characters in Search of Something

The One-Star

Andrew Motion

The Lines

A Wall

A Glass of Wine

The Letter

Mythology

Sean O'Brien

Cousin Coat

After Laforgue

The Amateur God

Alice Oswald

April

Bike Ride on a Roman Road

Sea Sonnet

Wedding

Prayer

Ruth Padel

Tinderbox

Skin

Angel

The Starling

On the Line

Don Paterson

The White Lie

St Brides: Sea-Mail

Imperial

Peter Reading

[from] Stet

Salopian

Christopher Reid

A Whole School of Bourgeois Primitives

What the Uneducated Old Woman Told Me

In the Echoey Tunnel

Mermaids Explained

Fetish

Robin Robertson

Fall

Fugue for Phantoms

Artichoke

Wedding the Locksmith's Daughter

The Immoralist

Anne Rouse

Testament

Faith Healers

Memo to Auden

The Anaesthetist

Jo Shapcott

Muse

My Life Asleep

Motherland

The Mad Cow in Love

Phrase Book

Index of Authors and Titles

Index of First Lines

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