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The poet steamed

Iain Sinclair: Tom Raworth

19 August 2004
Collected Poems 
by Tom Raworth.
Carcanet, 576 pp., £16.95, February 2003, 1 85754 624 5
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Removed for Further Study: The Poetry of Tom​ Raworth 
edited by Nate Dorward.
The Gig, 288 pp., £15, March 2003, 0 9685294 3 7
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... TomRaworth, according to Marjorie Perloff, is the ‘oldest living open-heart surgery survivor, treated in the UK in the first round of heart operations conducted there in the 1950s’. Highlight the ...

Toss the monkey wrench

August Kleinzahler: Lee Harwood’s risky poems

19 May 2005
Collected Poems 
by Lee Harwood.
Shearsman, 522 pp., £17.95, May 2004, 9780907562405
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... unspeakably dreary – as it was, for the most part, before the explosion of small publishers in the 1960s. The one anomaly in Harwood’s bibliography is his inclusion, along with John Ashbery and TomRaworth, in Volume 19 of the Penguin Modern Poets series, published in 1971. The groupings that Penguin came up with in this admirable series tended to be hit or miss. But the combination of Ashbery ...
11 April 2013
Collected Poems 
by Edward Dorn.
Carcanet, 995 pp., £25, November 2012, 978 1 84777 126 1
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... and the Sense of Place. When Dorn delivered The North Atlantic Turbine, his poems of English politics and place, to Stuart Montgomery of Fulcrum Press, the book was dedicated to Davie, Prynne and TomRaworth (another Essex figure with whom Dorn had corresponded for years). A classic late modernist genealogy was being laid out; to be ignored, comprehensively, by the movers and promoters of the ...


Marina Warner: Why I Quit

10 September 2014
... had studied or taught at Essex to this September’s 50th anniversary celebrations (as well as Walcott and Livingstone, the list includes Ben Okri, Michèle Roberts, Elizabeth Cook, Iain Sinclair, TomRaworth and Irvine Welsh), the administrators told me ‘family fun’ was to be the mood. So instead, would I give a talk about The Wobbly Tooth, a little children’s book I wrote thirty years ago ...

English Proust

Christopher Prendergast

8 July 1993
In Search of Lost Time 
by Marcel Proust, translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin, revised by D.J. Enright.
Chatto, £15, November 1992, 0 7011 3992 7
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... translations from time to time but also a rethinking of what it means to make and remake an ‘English Proust’. The prospects are encouraging. There is for example a remarkable text by the poet, TomRaworth. It is best to read this after reading the last paragraph of A la recherche. As, with the Duc de Guermantes, we totter through that last long sentence, landing for the last time on the word ...
23 June 1994
... away from Stoke Newington Road concealed nuclear pockets in the secret history of our culture: Alexander Baron’s The Lowlife (1963), set in a terrace off Amhurst Road, which was where the poet TomRaworth (‘Raworth is the man in the Island with the word in his mouth’ – Ed Dorn) operated in his Matrix Press days. A few hundred yards to the north Jack McVitie attended his farewell party in Evering ...


Mark Ford: Love and Theft

2 December 2004
... derived from the letters of Cowper and Keats, and a sequence collaged from A.S. Alexander’s Tramps across Watersheds (1925). Other British exponents of the genre include avant-gardists such as TomRaworth, cris cheek and Bob Cobbing. Cobbing, who late in life even took to cutting up his own cut-ups, was also a master of concrete poems, sound poems, and what he called ‘word-nets’, in which the poem ...

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