April Eye




Due North. Shearsman Books 2015. One text (not exactly one poem) in twelve chapters. Cover from a photograph by Richard Gascoyne. This book was shortlisted for the Forward Best Collection Prize 2016 and also for the Roehampton Poetry Prize 2016. The booklet The Ascent of Kinder Scout (Longbarrow Press 2015), which is a chapter of Due North, was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Pamphlet Award.

The Fortnightly Reviews. A collection of 18 of the poetry reviews contributed to The Fortnightly Review 2012-2014. Published by the Review, 2015.

Pennine Tales. Calder Valley Poetry 2016. Twenty-four 12-line poems.

"On Islands: 1, Bardsey" (poem). Shearsman 107-108, Summer 2016. Originally printed in Shearsman 105-106, Winter 2016, erroneously lacking the first stanza, which was replaced by a repetition of the fourth.

Two poems: "Civilised Living" and "The Front". Face Down in the Book of Relations: For Peter Hughes on his 60th Birthday. Oystercatcher Press 2016.

"It was also..." [prose]. For the Future: poems and essays in honour of J.H.Prynne on the occasion of his 80th birthday edited by Ian Brinton, Shearsman Books 2016. Pp. 177-8.

Review of David Wheatley, Contemporary British Poetry. PN Review no.225, Sept.-Oct. 2015

Kelvin Corcoran interviews Peter Riley on Due North. Tears in the Fence no.65, Spring 2016.



"Poetry Notes": review column in The Fortnightly Review--- latest additions:
        Vahni Capildeo
        Ilhan Berk
        Lorenzo Calogero + Antonella Adella + Ruth Speirs' translations of Rilke.
        Denise Riley

The next will treat of sundries British, including Geraldine Monk, Angela Leighton, Matthew Clegg, Fay Musselwhite, Anthony Mellors, and who knows what else?





14th November. New Beehive Inn, Bradford. 8pm





Dawn Songs. Shearsman Books Spring 2017. Three essays on music. In fact, three essays on kinds of music which not very many people know about or care for. By far the most substantial is the eponymous study of a genre of Transylvanian village music which I looked upon as an extraordinary discovery when I first heard it. Added to this are (a) Mass Lyric, on surviving west gallery choral pieces performed in pubs of the Sheffield Moorlands area at Christmas; (b) The improvising guitarist Derek Bailey as heard in 1970.

Shearsman Books have undertaken to publish a Collected Poems, probably in at least two volumes, and work on it has begun.


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