Lee Harwood

Lee Harwood’s Collected Poems were published in 2004, his translations of Tristan Tzara, Chanson Dada, in 2005.

Poem: ‘A Steady Light’

Lee Harwood, 19 June 2014

Mid-afternoon   a light breeze sways the worn blue curtain.

Could this be Alexandria? – I think not – but some provincial city? seaport? And the year?

In a cluttered office, dust on the ledges, the books in perfect order, the accounts all up to date, the correspondence answered and filed.

Evening dreams   stories of emperors and patriarchs,...

Poem: ‘The Oak Coffer’

Lee Harwood, 8 August 2013

for my uncle, Alfred Miles1909-87

‘they created a desert, and they call it peace’* and that could have been said of Carthage, though it wasn’t. It was much closer to home. Scattered blocks of stone, and dust, the stumps of houses. And now left with men who lie, no matter what, for little reason, vanity or fear, but who lie, amid smiling cruelty.

‘Now how will the...

Poem: ‘Ben’s Photo’

Lee Harwood, 5 April 2012

for Kelvin Corcoran

Just off the main square at the entrance to a crowded narrow street – this is in Bologna, 1992 – a man stood erect, hands behind his back, watching something, or just waiting.

A man about 60 or 70, wearing a cloth cap, an old suit jacket, a worn but neatly ironed shirt, neatly buttoned. No tie. An afternoon in winter.

Don’t know why. This moment that...

On Lee Harwood: Lee Harwood

August Kleinzahler, 9 April 2015

In​ The Orchid Boat, the most recent of his more than 25 collections, Lee Harwood lights out from his seaside eyrie in Hove to many places, real, dreamed of or imagined: New Zealand,...

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Fulcrum Press, a small poetry publisher, operated out of 20 Fitzroy Square in London between 1965 and 1972. I don’t know of a more important or influential publisher of poetry in recent...

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