Poetry Book Society


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Anthologization Wendy Cope
Many of these poems first appeared in newspapers and periodicals: the Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, Oxford Poetry, Poetry Review, and so on, and one pseudonymously as a submission...
Anthologization Anne Stevenson
AS has continued to contribute poems to many of the available outlets: journals like PN Review, the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, Poetry Wales, Poetry Ireland, The...
Literary responses Eavan Boland
The volume (called by Jody Allen Randolph a sustained meditation on power and loss—of nation, of language, of illusions, and possibly of the self anchored by these)
Randolph, Jody Allen. “What Great Art Removes”. Women’s Review of Books, Vol.
, No. 2, pp. 21-2.
was a Poetry Book Society Choice.
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Literary responses Eavan Boland
This collection received a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation.
OCLC WorldCat. http://www.oclc.org/firstsearch/content/worldcat/. Accessed 1999.
Occupation Jo Shapcott
JS began teaching English at Rolle College in Exmouth (one of the three main campuses of the University of Plymouth , which, however, is due to be relocated in a movement towards centralization). She then...
Occupation Philip Larkin
From the 1960s PL became a committee-man and public intellectual. He rendered service in various ways to his profession of librarianship. For the Arts Council of Great Britain he served on the literature panel, and...
Occupation Kate Clanchy
For a year KC worked at the Oxford University Department of Education . From then until the present she has continued her freelance career as a teacher, writer, journalist, and broadcaster. She has been a...
Publishing Penelope Shuttle
The slim volume, whose cover reproduces a picture of a horse from Mughal India, saddled but riderless, was one of the series Oxford Poets. It is dedicated to PS 's husband and daughter....
Reception Gillian Clarke
Reviewers of this book included Anne Stevenson . Letting in the Rumour, which followed in 1989, was a Poetry Book Society recommendation and was reviewed by Sheenagh Pugh .
Elfyn, Menna, editor. Trying The Line. Gomer.
Gillian Clarke. http://gillianclarke.co.uk/home.htm.
Reception Ruth Padel
Kathryn Gray , reviewing this collection in Mslexia, noted Padel's readiness to break the rules, and found her usually on the right side of the fine line separating the sublime from the ridiculous.
Gray, Kathryn. “review of <span data-tei-ns-tag="tei_title" data-tei-title-lvl=‘m’>The Soho Leopard</span&gt”;. Mslexia, Vol.
, p. 48.
Reception Gillian Clarke
Tony Conran in New Welsh Review noted that he found this the most satisfying of GC 's collections so far,
Elfyn, Menna, editor. Trying The Line. Gomer.
and that he was fascinated by her movement away from the individual isolating lyric...
Reception Kathleen Raine
Critics applauded the pure and chiselled images
Stanford, Donald E., editor. Dictionary of Literary Biography 20. Gale Research.
20: 295
in this first collection of poems to appear after a gap of thirteen years. The book was a Poetry Book Society choice.
Stanford, Donald E., editor. Dictionary of Literary Biography 20. Gale Research.
20: 295
Reception Gillian Clarke
Again, this book was a Poetry Book Society recommendation. A reviewer noted the use in these poems of kennings and of slate-sharp stress patterns.
Gillian Clarke. http://gillianclarke.co.uk/home.htm.
Reception Carol Rumens
This was named as a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.
Reception E. J. Scovell
This volume was a Poetry Book Society recommendation.
Dowson, Jane, editor. Women’s Poetry of the 1930s: A Critical Anthology. Routledge.
Janet Montefiore regrets the absence of EJS from Robin Skelton 's anthology New Verse, 1964, while acknowledging that it would be unfair to blame Skelton...


1953: The Poetry Book Society was founded, largely...

Writing climate item


The Poetry Book Society was founded, largely through the efforts of T. S. Eliot , to promote the reading of poetry.

By late July 1963: Rosemary Tonks (1928-2014) issued the first...

Women writers item

By late July 1963

Rosemary Tonks (1928-2014) issued the first of her two volumes of poetry, Notes on Cafés and Bedrooms, which was a Poetry Book Society recommendation. The second collection, Iliad of Broken Sentences, appeared in 1967.


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