In The Event
ISBN: PB: 9781784109936, Carcanet, October 2020
96 pp., 21.6x13.5 cm
John Birtwhistle has said that "one writes each poem just to learn how to write it", and insists that he "doesn't care a dried pea for Artistic Development or Finding One's Own Voice". The result, of course, is that a strongly recognisable voice come...
ISBN: PB: 9780856464515, Carcanet, September 2013
96 pp., 21.6x13.8 cm
Like many good poets, John Birtwhistle publishes sparingly. In his first collection for more than twenty years, he produces a dazzling array of poems on a range of historical, political and personal subjects. These lucid, witty, tender poems, by turn...
Our Worst Suspicions
ISBN: PB: 9780856461316, Carcanet, June 1972
64 pp., 22x14 cm
This is John Birtwhistle's first collection of poems since "Tidal Models" (1980). Its energy and concentration come out of an interest in a wide variety of formal models – from Chinese lyrics and Imagism to Anglo-Saxon riddles and Surrealism – and an...