From the 1950s onwards Peter Redgrove wrote poems of imagination and power; this volume is a distillation of his work from The Collector (1959) to Assembling a Ghost (1996), enabling the reader to appreciate the elements of his alchemy.
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Redgrove is thunderously, exhilaratingly good - Adam Thorpe
He is recognised today as one of the few poets capable of sustained rapture, a heirophant of alchemical mysteries, chronicler of sexual ecstasies, witness to sensual, synaesthetic delights beyond the reach of most of us - Gerard Woodward
Redgrove's strengths are a clairvoyant creativity, glittering images and glittering risk...wonderful imaginative leaps of seeing, glancing epiphanies...or sustained surrealities which etch the surprisingness of the world - Ruth Padel
I would use the old-fashioned term 'genius' of Redgrove - Anthony Thwaite
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Peter Redgrove was born in 1932. Apart from producing over thirty full-length collections of poetry he also wrote novels, plays and non-fiction - including The Wise Wound with Penelope Shuttle. Among the many awards he has received are the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Prix Italia and the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. He received an honorary degree from the University of Sheffield, which holds an archive of the poet's papers. He died in 2003. A posthumous collection, The Harper, was published in 2006.