Principal Publications

Cover of The Look of Goodbye Poems 2001-2006 by Peter RobinsonPoetry

  • The Benefit Forms (Cambridge: Lobby Press, 1978)
  • Going Out to Vote (London: The Many Press, 1978)
  • Overdrawn Account (London: The Many Press, 1980)
  • Anaglypta (London: The Many Press, 1985)
  • This Other Life (Manchester: Carcanet Press, 1988)
  • More about the Weather (Cambridge: Robert Jones, 1989)
  • Entertaining Fates (Manchester: Carcanet Press, 1992)
  • Leaf-Viewing (Cambridge: Robert Jones, 1992)
  • Lost and Found (Manchester: Carcanet Press, 1997)
  • Via Sauro Variations (Providence RI: Ridgeback Press, 1999)
  • Anywhere You Like (Sendai: Pine Wave Press, 2000)
  • About Time Too (Manchester: Carcanet Press, 2001)
  • Selected Poems 1976-2001 (Manchester: Carcanet Press, 2003)
  • Ghost Characters (Nottingham: Shoestring Press, 2006)
  • There are Avenues (Bristol: The Brodie Press, 2006)
  • The Look of Goodbye: Poems 2001-2006 (Exeter: Shearsman Books, 2008)
  • Ekphrastic Marriage (Reading: Pine Wave Press, 2009)
  • English Nettles and Other Poems (Reading: Two Rivers Press, 2010)
  • The Returning Sky (Exeter: Shearsman Books, 2012)
  • Like the Living End (Tonbridge: Worple Press, 2013)
  • Buried Music (Exeter: Shearsman Books, 2015)
  • An Epithalamium (Reading: Pine Wave Press, 2016)
  • Collected Poems 1976-2016 (Exeter: Shearsman Books, 2017)

Cover of L'attaccapanni e altre poesie by Peter RobinsonPoetry in Translation

  • After Chardin: Selected Poems 1975-1995 translated by Takao Furukawa (Okayama: 1996)
  • L'attaccapanni e altre poesie translated by Peter Robinson and Ornella Trevisan (Bergamo: Moretti e Vitali, 2004)
  • Approach to Distance: Selected Poems from Japan translated with an introduction by Miki Iwata (Tokyo: Isobar Press, 2017)


  • Untitled Deeds: Aphorisms and Prose Poems (Cambridge: Salt Publications, 2004)
  • Spirits of the Stair: Selected Aphorisms (Exeter: Shearsman Books, 2009)
  • Foreigners, Drunks and Babies: Eleven Stories (Reading: Two Rivers Press, 2013)
  • The Draft Will (Tokyo: Isobar Press, 2015)
  • September in the Rain: A Novel (Newbury: Holland House Books, 2016)

Cover of The Greener Meadow: Selected Poems of Luciano Erba translated by Peter RobinsonTranslations

  • Six Poems by Giuseppe Ungaretti translated by Marcus Perryman and Peter Robinson (Verona: Plain Wrapper Press, 1981)
  • Selected Poems of Vittorio Sereni translated by Marcus Perryman and Peter Robinson (London: Anvil Press, 1990)
  • When I Was at my Most Beautiful and other poems by Noriko Ibaragi translated by Peter Robinson and Fumiko Horikawa (Cambridge: Skate Press, 1992)
  • The Great Friend and Other Translated Poems (Tonbridge: Worple Press, 2002)
  • Selected Poetry and Prose of Vittorio Sereni translated by Marcus Perryman and Peter Robinson (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006)
  • The Greener Meadow: Selected Poems of Luciano Erba translated by Peter Robinson (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007)
  • Poems by Antonia Pozzi translated by Peter Robinson (Richmond: Oneworld Classics, 2011)

Cover of Poetry and Translation: The Art of the Impossible by Peter RobinsonCriticism

  • In the Circumstances: about Poems and Poets (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992)
  • Poetry, Poets, Readers: Making Things Happen (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)
  • Twentieth Century Poetry: Selves and Situations (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005)
  • Poetry & Translation: The Art of the Impossible (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2010)


  • Talk about Poetry: Conversations on the Art (Exeter: Shearsman Books, 2006)

Cover of Reading Poetry: an anthology edited by Peter RobinsonAs Editor

  • With All the Views: Collected Poems of Adrian Stokes (Manchester: Carcanet Press, 1981; Redding Ridge, C.T.: Black Swan Books, 1981)
  • Geoffrey Hill: Essays on his Work (Milton Keynes and Philadelphia: Open University Press, 1985)
  • Liverpool Accents: Seven Poets and a City (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 1996)
  • (with John Kerrigan) The Thing About Roy Fisher: Critical Studies (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2000)
  • (with Robert Sheppard) News for the Ear: A Homage to Roy Fisher (Exeter: Stride Publications, 2000)
  • Mairi MacInnes: A Tribute (Nottingham: Shoestring Press, 2005)
  • An Unofficial Roy Fisher (Exeter: Shearsman Books, 2010)
  • Complete Poetry, Translations & Selected Prose of Bernard Spencer (Hexham: Bloodaxe Books, 2011)
  • Reading Poetry: An Anthology (Reading: Two Rivers Press, 2011)
  • A Mutual Friend: Poems for Charles Dickens (Reading: Two Rivers Press with the English Association, 2012)
  • Bernard SpencerEssays on his Poetry & Life (Exeter: Shearsman Books, 2012)
  • The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)
  • (with Adrian Blamires) The Arts of Peace: An Anthology of Poetry (Reading: Two Rivers Press, 2014)
  • Roy Fisher, An Easily Bewildered Child: Occasional Prose 1963-2013 (Exeter: Shearsman Books, 2014)
  • Thomas Hardy, Places and Other Poems chosen and with an afterword by Peter Robinson (Reading: Two Rivers Press, 2014)
  • F.T. Prince, Memoirs of Caravaggio (London: Perdika Press, 2015)
  • (with John Pilling) The Rilke of Ruth Speirs: New Poems, Duino Elegies, Sonnets to Orpheus, and Others (Reading: Two Rivers Press, 2015)
  • Cover of The Salt Companion to Peter RobinsonHenry James Poems: A Keepsake of Samples (London: The British Library: 2016)
  • Roy Fisher, Slakki: New and Neglected Poems (Hexham: Bloodaxe Books, 2016)


  • The Salt Companion to Peter Robinson edited by Adam Piette and Katy Price (Cambridge: Salt Publications, 2007)
  • Peter Robinson at 60 edited by Adam Piette (Blackbox Manifold no. 9, 2012)