Colin Simms

Colin Simms’s collections include Otters and Martens and Gyrfalcon Poems. A new, expanded version of Afghan Poems will be published this year.

Two Poems

Colin Simms, 24 April 2008

Sami in their tipis (‘Hilpes’?) Finmark in the fifties thick skin patched with thin skin needle holes under flaps pantiled almost a proggy, with the same skill as waterproof as my ‘Ventile’ more windproof than the Grenfell

why is no skin scorched within? the vent is canted with the wind by adjusting its poles with the breath of the outside, the fire on the inside the...


Bunting and Biography

9 January 2014

Michael Hofmann writes about Basil Bunting and the problem of biography (LRB, 9 January). Bunting made plain repeatedly to his closest literary associates and friends that he wanted no biography. In a letter to me in 1967, he said that his work ‘stood for that’ and that he ‘wanted the last laugh’ and was entitled to it. But he did expect me to finish my memoir (‘to put some things right’),...

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