Books

September in the Rain: A Novel

Newbury: Holland House Books, 2016

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The Selected Poetry and Prose of Vittorio Sereni: A Bilingual Edition

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006

This publication contains the largest selection of Vittorio Sereni’s poetry and prose published to date, along with an introduction, a table of dates, a commentary, and a full bibliography.

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The Greener Meadow: Selected Poems of Luciano Erba

Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007

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Talk about Poetry: Conversations on the Art

Exeter: Shearsman Books, 2006

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There are Avenues

Bristol: The Brodie Press, 2006

This longish poem is a series of prodigal’s returns to the city of Liverpool where I was first brought at the age of three, and to which I’ve been returning ever since.

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Twentieth Century Poetry: Selves and Situations

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005

My third book of literary criticism is a sequence of chapters exploring ways that selves and situations will interact and become imaginatively identified in poems.

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Untitled Deeds

Cambridge and Perth: Salt Publishing, 2004

Untitled Deeds is made up of 354 sequenced aphorisms, observations, and remarks on such variety topics as the fear of death, mobile phones, conceptual art, international soccer, the linguistic behaviour of politicians, market forces, and, of course, the writing and reception of poetry.

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Selected Poems 1976-2001

Manchester: Carcanet Press, 2003

This Selected Poems contains some revised versions of early poems only previously available in the the limited edition pamphlet A Part of Rosemary Laxton (1979) and the long unavailable Overdrawn Account (1980).

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The Great Friend and Other Translated Poems

Tonbridge, Kent: Worple Press, 2002

This book brings together for the first time a choice of work in this field from the last quarter of a century. As the title underlines, these are not imitations or adaptations, but translations that remain faithful to their originals while, to the best of my abilities, becoming English poems in their own right.

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Poetry, Poets, Readers: Making Things Happen

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002

Poetry, Poets Readers is a defence of poetry against the protective moves which claim that poets never lie because they never affirm, or that their poems exist in a separate 'world'.

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About Time Too

Manchester: Carcanet Press, 2001

This full collection contains poems written from the time of my return to Japan after the brain tumour operation up to the end of 1998. This is the period in which, late in the day, I became a parent - and there are a number of poems occasioned by the birth, infancy, and childhood of my daughters.

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Anywhere You Like

Sendai: Pine Wave Press, 2000

Anywhere You Like is a hors de commerce edition limited to 126 signed copies of twenty-two poems mostly written after finishing About Time Too.

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Lost and Found

Manchester: Carcanet Press, 1997

Five years after the disappointment with Entertaining Fates, Carcanet brought out my first book written after ceasing to live in England. A majority of the poems in Lost and Found are set in Japan.

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Liverpool Accents: Seven Poets and a City

Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 1996

The book offered the seven poets, Elaine Feinstein, Adrian Henri, Grevel Lindop, Jamie McKendrick, Deryn Rees-Jones, Matt Simpson, and myself, the opportunity to select a series of representative poems.

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Entertaining Fates

Manchester: Carcanet Press, 1992

After the relative success of This Other Life, the reception of my 1992 collection from Carcanet came as a disappointment.

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In the Circumstances: about Poems and Poets

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992

In the Preface to this book of nine chapters on Wordsworth, Auden, T. S. Eliot, Hardy, Lowell, Hill, Montale, Pound and Browning, I wrote that each piece 'is differently engaged by the idea of other lives in poems, and poetry as a response to other lives and the otherness of those lives.'

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Leaf-Viewing

London: Robert Jones, 1992

Robert Jones published More About the Weather in 1989, and, after selling most of the print-run, offered to bring out a limited edition of the new poems I was writing in Japan.

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When I Was at my Most Beautiful and other poems 1953-1982 by Noriko Ibaragi

Cambridge: Skate Press, 1992

This small press edition of thirty-two poems translated from the Japanese came about because my co-translator's English husband-to-be had a connection with the press's editor and suggested that it might be a nice book to produce.

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Selected Poems of Vittorio Sereni

London: Anvil Press, 1990

Marcus Perryman and I spent ten years working on these translations of a poet with whom I feel a close affinity.

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This Other Life

Manchester: Carcanet Press, 1988

It took eight years to complete a second book of poems, this one twice the length of the first, and to find a publisher for it.

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With All the Views: Collected Poems of Adrian Stokes

Manchester: Carcanet Press, 1981; Redding Ridge, C.T.: Black Swan Books, 1981

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Overdrawn Account

London: The Many Press, 1980

This is my first collection of poems, containing pieces written between 1975 and 1979, many of them set in the North of England.

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