New Collected Poems: W.S. Graham

By W.S. Graham

'I first learn a W. S. Graham poem in 1949. It despatched a shiver down my backbone. Forty-five years later not anything has replaced. His track is exclusive and his paintings an inspiration.' Harold Pinter.

From his first guides within the early Forties, to his ultimate works of the overdue Nineteen Seventies, W. S. Graham has given us a poetry of severe strength and inquisitive imaginative and prescient - a physique of labor seemed via many as probably the greatest Romantic poetry of the 20th century. This New accrued Poems, edited via poet and Graham-scholar Matthew Francis and with a foreword by way of Douglas Dunn, deals the broadest photograph but of Graham's work.

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