Published PoemsPeter Robinson

An annotated checklist 1971-2006

Poems Collected and Uncollected 1998-2001

Die Lilliputbahn

Metre no. 4, 1998; and with RealAudio in Cortland Review no. 6 [www.cortlandreview.com], 1999.

Zoo Time

Metre no. 4, 1998; The Animist, 1999;

Coat Hanger

Shearsman no. 36, 1998;Trout no. 5, 1998

An Interior Life

Shearsman no. 36, 1998; The Poetry Kit

On the Outskirts

Shearsman no. 36, 1998; English vol. 47 no. 189, 1998

Italian in Sendai

New Grains no. 2, 1998

Heavy Weather

Trout no. 5, 1998

Leavings

Lynx no. 8, 1998. Uncollected.

Back to Work

Stand vol.39 no. 4, 1998

The Sky's Events

Written in Peter Swaab's flat in Stoke Newington, July 1998, remembering a visit to Roy Fisher in Derbyshire of a few days before. Published in The Animist, 1999; Poetryetc Featured Poet #15, 1999; News for the Ear: A Homage to Roy Fisher ed. P. Robinson and R. Sheppard (Exeter: Stride Publications, 2000); Anywhere You Like (Sendai: Pine Wave Press, 2000). Included in Selected Poems and scheduled for Ghost Characters.

Still Life Portraits

Written at Ficco Rosso, Parma, Italy, on 1 January 1997. Published in Samizdat no. 3, 1999, and About Time Too (Manchester: Carcanet Press, 2001).

Marking Time

The first part written in Yagiyama, Sendai, early March 1997, the second part a few days later in Robert Jones and Neil MacKenna's house in Aberdeen Park, London. Published in Trout no. 5, 1998; Samizdat no. 3, 1999, and About Time Too (Manchester:Carcanet Press, 2001). Included in Selected Poems.

Il Trenino

The Richmond Review [www.richmondreview.co.uk], 1999

Some Notes

Published in Shearsman no. 40, 1999, and About Time Too (Manchester:Carcanet Press, 2001).

January Sales

Published in Shearsman no. 40, 1999. Scheduled for Ghost Characters.

Advocacy

Written in the Dolomites in July 1998. Published in Shearsman no. 40, 1999. Uncollected.

North Park

Published in The Poetry Kit, and About Time Too (Manchester:Carcanet Press, 2001).

Qui

Published in The Poetry Kit, and About Time Too (Manchester:Carcanet Press, 2001).

At La Villetta

Published in The Poetry Kit, and About Time Too (Manchester:Carcanet Press, 2001).

[poems: '472 Claremont Road', 'For Lavinia', 'Rumours of Summer', 'Consorts of Phantasms', 'The Yellow Tank', 'Afterlives', 'Animal Sendai', 'The Sky's Events', Poetryetc Featured Poet #15]

Same World

Published in The New Observer [Tokyo], July; PN Review 131, Jan-Feb, 2000

Remembering February

Thumbscrew no. 13, spring-summer

Via Sauro Variations

The note for the privately printed edition reads:
These 25 poems are variations on situations associated with my wife's old flat in Via Nazario Sauro 11, Parma. They also play variations on contexts and phrases in some earlier poems, especially from sections 2 and 4 of This Other Life (1988), 2 and 6 of Entertaining Fates (1992), and 4 of Lost and Found (1997). Many were originally drafted as separate pieces or sequences between 1 October 1986 and 7 April 1997.
Parts 1-7 and 23-5 were first published in Notre Dame Review No. 5, Winter 1998; parts 9-20 appeared in The Richmond Review (www.richmondreview.co.uk) at the end of January 1999. Parts 6-8 consist of revised passages from 'At Bagno Vignoni' and 'Under Populonia', scrapped poems from Entertaining Fates.

The sequence was first published as a whole in an edition of 26 lettered copies, hand-bound by Julia Flanders, at the Ridgeback Press, Providence RI, in 1999. Collected in About Time Too (Manchester: Carcanet Press, 2001). Included in Selected Poems.

Playing Dead

News for the Ear: A Homage to Roy Fisher ed. P. Robinson and R. Sheppard (Exeter: Stride Publications)

Useless Landscape

Written in Yagiyama, Sendai, spring and early summer 1997. Published as 'Useless Landscape' in Trout no. 5, 1998, and as 'A Late Spring' in PN Review 131, Jan-Feb, 2000. Scheduled for Ghost Characters.

Returning Signs

Written 26 - 30 December 1997 in Yagiyama, Sendai. Published in The New Observer, July 1999, Anywhere You Like (Sendai: Pine Wave Press, 2000), and Metre no. 10, September 2001. Collected in Selected Poems (Manchester: Carcanet Press, 2003). Scheduled for Ghost Characters.

Under the Lines

PN Review 131, Jan-Feb, 2000; The Poetry Kit

More Aftershocks

PN Review 131, Jan-Feb, 2000.

Animal Sendai

Published in PN Review 131, Jan-Feb, 2000 and in Anywhere You Like (Sendai: Pine Wave Press, 2000). Collected in Selected Poems. Scheduled for Ghost Characters.

By the Way

Written in spring 1999, in Yagiyama. Published in PN Review 131, Jan-Feb, 2000 and in Anywhere You Like (Sendai: Pine Wave Press, 2000). Collected in Selected Poems. Scheduled for Ghost Characters.

Listen to the Summer

Written in July - August 1999, after a visit to Roy Fisher in Derbyshire. Published in The Cortland Review no. 16, May 2001, Anywhere You Like (Sendai: Pine Wave Press, 2000). Collected in Selected Poems. Scheduled for Ghost Characters.

Heart Murmur

Written 12 - 30 August 1999 in Via Corini, Parma. Published in Anywhere You Like (Sendai: Pine Wave Press, 2000). Collected in Selected Poems. Scheduled for Ghost Characters.

Farther Adventures

Written between 22 July and 2 August 1999 in Via Corini, Parma. Published in Anywhere You Like (Sendai: Pine Wave Press, 2000) and Thumbscrew no. 19, Autumn, 2001. Collected in Selected Poems. Scheduled for Ghost Characters.

Untitled

This poem consists of the final six lines to a fifty-five line draft with the same title dated 28 August 1999 and marked (Unfinished). The editing down was done after various attempts to complete the longer version in 2000-1. Published in the Times Literary Supplement no. 5147, 23 November 2001. Scheduled for Ghost Characters.

Changing Line

The first two parts were written 6 - 19 September in Via Corini, Parma, and the third part added in my office, Kawauchi, Sendai, 5 October 1999. Published in About Time Too (Manchester: Carcanet Press, 2001).

Harm's Way

Written on 23 October 1999 with the title 'More, Later' and the dedication 'i.m. Fumiko Horikawa' in Yagiyama, Sendai. Published with this title but no dedication in New Grains no. 4, September 2000, and as 'Dream Light' in Kawauchi Review no. 2, July 2001. Scheduled, with new revised title, for Ghost Characters.

Equivocal Isle

Earlier draft in four stanzas completed 30 October 1999, the revised version made soon afterwards, in Yagiyama and Kawauchi, Sendai. Published in Anywhere You Like (Sendai: Pine Wave Press, 2000) and New Writing 10 ed. G. Szirtes and P. Lively (London: British Council and Picador, 2001). First collected in Selected Poems. Scheduled for Ghost Characters.

All Around

A draft in five verses completed 12 November; the revised five-section version begun at Narita Airport and completed on a tour of England and back in Sendai by 25 November 1999. Published in Anywhere You Like (Sendai: Pine Wave Press, 2000), The Reader no. 8, March 2001, and Kawauchi Review no. 2, July 2001. First collected in Selected Poems. Scheduled for Ghost Characters.

Beyond Recall

A draft with the title 'The Former Wife's Return' completed in Yagiyama, Sendai, 10 December 1999, but with pencil revisions that give a version closer to the final text and adding the title 'Beyond Recall'. Published in Kawauchi Review no. 2, July 2001, and English vol. 51 no. 1, spring 2002. Scheduled for Ghost Characters.

Going Nowhere

Published in Kawauchi Review no. 2, July 2001, and English vol. 51 no. 1, spring 2002. Scheduled for Ghost Characters.

In Disrepair

The first two verses were drafted by 18 December 1999 with the title 'In Disrepair', the entire poem finished with the title 'Harm's Way' on 20 May 2000. Published with that title in Kawauchi Review no. 2, July 2001. Dropped from the set of elegies.

An Air

Written 2 - 15 January 2000, employing passages from an unpublished poem, 'Obituary Notice' (27 Feb - 5 Mar 1999), in Yagiyama, Sendai. Published in The Reader no. 8, March 2001, Kawauchi Review no. 2, July 2001. First collected in Selected Poems. Scheduled for Ghost Characters.

Months Gone

Written 27 January 2000 in Yagiyama, Sendai. Published in The Reader no. 8, March 2001, and Kawauchi Review no. 2, July 2001. Scheduled for Ghost Characters.

The Gist of It

Begun in Kyoto, late December 1999; earlier draft completed 31 January, and full version finished sometime after 19 February 2000 in Yagiyama, Sendai. Published in Kawauchi Review no. 2, July 2001. Scheduled for Ghost Characters.

Come to Grief

Begun during the first 10 days of February, completed 18 - 19 February 2000 in Yagiyama, Sendai. Published in New Grains no. 4, September 2000, and Kawauchi Review no. 2, July 2001. Scheduled for Ghost Characters.

The Silences

Published in Kawauchi Review no. 2, July 2001, and The Tanka Journal no. 18, June 2001. Scheduled for Ghost Characters.

Lengthened Shadow

Published in Kawauchi Review no. 2, July 2001. Scheduled for Ghost Characters.

Not on Your Life

Published in Kawauchi Review no. 2, July 2001. Scheduled for Ghost Characters.

From Harm's Way

Published in Kawauchi Review no. 2, July 2001. Dropped from the set of elegies.

More Borrowed Scenery

For the epigraph, see 'Borrowed Scenery' in Lost and Found. Published in Kawauchi Review no. 2, July 2001. Scheduled for Ghost Characters.

Above the Falls

Anywhere You Like (Sendai: Pine Wave Press, 2000); English vol. 51 no. 1, spring 2001. Scheduled for Ghost Characters.

Typhoon Weather

Anywhere You Like (Sendai: Pine Wave Press, 2000); English vol. 51 no. 1, spring 2001. Scheduled for Ghost Characters.

Apropos of Nothing

Written between 20 and 28 May 2000 in Yagiyama, Sendai, in a form imitated from 'Tristan' by August Graf von Platen Hallemunde. Published in Kawauchi Review no. 2, July 2001, and Metre 11, February 2002. First collected in Selected Poems. Scheduled for Ghost Characters.

Tsukihama

Written 3 - 5 August 2000 in via Corini and Fico Rosso, Parma. The dedicatee is an Australian scholar and writer, then a visiting professor at Miyagi Gakuin University, Sendai. Published in fourW no. 12, November 2001. Scheduled for Ghost Characters.

Sheet-Lightning

Completed 25 August 2000 in via Corini, Parma. Epigraph is a sentence from Hardy's Two on a Tower, lineated to bring out the rhyme. Published in The Cortland Review no. 17, August 2001. Scheduled for Ghost Characters.

Electric Storm

Written with the title 'About the Rain' on 8-9 September 2000 in Tellaro, Liguria. For 'not always raining', see James Keery's review of Lost and Found in PN Review. Published in English vol. 51 no. 1, spring 2002; The Reader no. 11, October 2002. Scheduled for Ghost Characters.

All Unawares

Written 8 - 10 September 2000 in Tellaro and Fiumaretta, Liguria. Scheduled for Ghost Characters.

Surface Tension

Written in October 2000 after a visit to Tsukihama, Okumatsushima; it refers back to 'Equivocal Isle' written in 1999. Published in fourW no. 12, November 2001. Scheduled for Ghost Characters.

Point of View

Drafted as a three-stanza poem of thirty lines 24 - 31 December 2000 in via Corini, Parma. Final version made from the last stanza in Yagiyama, Sendai, on 4 May 2001. Published in English vol. 51 no. 1, spring 2002, and The Reader no. 11, autumn 2002. Scheduled for Ghost Characters.

Along these Lines

Written with the title 'Trans-Pennine' in a St John's College, Cambridge, guest room and a coffee shop nearby, 9 - 10 March 2001. Published in The Reader no. 11, autumn 2002. Scheduled for Ghost Characters.

Pasta-Making

Written 4 June 2001 in Yagiyama, Sendai. Published in New Grains no. 5, January 2002; A Choice of British Poetry (Tokyo: Seitousha, 2003) First collected in Selected Poems. Scheduled for Ghost Characters.

Occasional Sunsets

Drafted 15 July 2001 in Yagiyama, Sendai, completed in a three-stanza version during August in Via Paradigna, Parma. Published in English vol. 51 no. 1, spring 2002. Scheduled for Ghost Characters.

Water Nymph

First verse written in Yagiyama, Sendai, in early summer 2001. Entire poem drafted 6 - 7 September 2001 in via Paradigna, Parma. Published in New Grains no. 5, January 2002. First collected in Selected Poems. Scheduled for Ghost Characters.