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Collected Poems Paperback – 25 Oct 2018
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Ken Smith was a great poet... His last retrospective collection, Shed, confirmed the immense power of his poetry. --Jon Glover, Guardian
Smith's writing exists in permanent disagreement with English fashion. A huge cast of overheard characters, wanderers, losers and remembrancers passes through his writing, bound by a common sense of loss and endurance --Sean O'Brien, Sunday Times
His poems are squeezed out from under the unrelenting pressures of history, politics and the natural elements... some of his poems read like translations from war-ravaged Eastern Europe. --Charles Boyle, London Magazine
About the Author
Ken Smith (1938-2003) was born in Rudston, East Yorkshire, the son of an itinerant farm labourer. He lived in Leeds, Exeter, London and the US, and was writer-in-residence at Wormwood Scrubs prison in 1985-87, which prompted a poetry collection, Wormwood (1987), and Inside Time (1989), his book about imprisonment, Wormwood Scrubs and the men he met there. He was working in Berlin when the Wall came down, writing a book about East and West Berlin: this turned into Berlin: Coming in from the Cold<i.> (1990).
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