A powerful and ambiguous body of water lies at the heart of these poems, with shoals and channels that change with the forty-foot tide. Even the name is fluid - from one shore, the Bristol Channel, from the other Mor Hafren, the Severn Sea. Philip Gross' meditations move with subtle steps between these shifting grounds and those of the man-made world, the aging body and that ever-present mystery, the self. Admirers of his work know each new collection is a new stage; this one marks a crossing into a new questioning, new clarity and depth.
Born in Cornwall, spending most of his teenage weekends on Dartmoor, Philip Gross has a feel for wild places and ideas. He now lives in Bristol and he finds that wildness in the city too.
Philip is a well-known poet for both adults and children, and his work has never been afraid to tackle real-life issues. The Wasting Game, shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Award, dealt with anorexia.
Philip is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Glamorgan.