"Physical, elegiac and intensely visual."
"Haunting, powerful material, beautifully realised, poems that kept coming back to me, kept making me think…poignant, frank and open-handed."
This first Oxford Poets anthology introduces the work of six new writers whose poems extend the rich tradition of the Oxford list, now continuing to develop through Carcanet in association with the English Faculty, Oxford University. The OxfordPoets editorial panel makes the selection, acknowledging promise and achievement. There is no editorial programme or ideology beyond a desire to represent the best. Drawing on a wealth of submitted manuscript material, the editors chose what they found most compelling in terms of formal and rhythmic invention. Verse metred or unmetred, rhymed or unrhyming, with sure or fragmented syntax, makes specific claims. The poem, not the poet, answers.