The only definitive anthology of contemporary British poetry available in the United States, New British Poetry presents exciting recent work by thirty-five poets from England, Scotland, and Wales. In compiling this landmark anthology, T. S. Eliot Prize-winning Scottish poet Don Paterson and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Simic followed two rules: the poets chosen should be born after 1945 and should have at least two books published in Britain. The resulting anthology collects some of the very best work of a new generation of poets who have come of age since Philip Larkin and Ted Hughes.
From established poets such as Andrew Motion and James Fenton, to mid-career poets such as Glyn Maxwell and Kathleen Jamie, to the recent T. S. Eliot Prize-winner Alice Oswald, these poems are fiercely intelligent, often irreverent, artfully made, and variously engaged with traditional forms as well as an exhilarating range of styles.
A generous sampling of each poet's work is included here. As Paterson writes in his Introduction: "This group of poets represents some of the most intelligent and imaginative writers working in the English language today." New British Poetry is destined to become a seminal anthology, introducing many important new voices to American readers.