New British Poetry

New British Poetry
Edited by Don Paterson and Charles Simic; With a Preface by Charles Simic and an Introduction by Don Paterson

“Readers in the UK are far more conversant with contemporary North American poetry than we are with what’s being written on the other side of the Atlantic. The depth and richness of Simic and Paterson’s selection will go a long way toward redressing this imbalance, and offer readers pleasure, surprise, and an open window on the vitality of British poetry now.”—Mark Doty

“New British Poetry, with its forthright title, is nothing less than a single volume solution to the plight of North American and British poets and poetry readers who find themselves divided not only by a common language, but by culture and ocean. Simic and Paterson, working from opposite sides, have built a splendid poetic bridge across the Pond.”—Billy Collins

About the Book

The only definitive anthology of contemporary British poetry available in the United States
New British Poetry presents the exciting work of 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 recent T. S. Eliot Prize-winner Alice Oswald, the work is fiercely intelligent, often irreverent, and engaged with traditional forms and an exhilarating range of styles. A generous sampling of each poet's work is included. 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.

Additional Reviews

“New British Poetry has given me the chance to encounter a number of poets new to me, also to re-appreciate some others.  I should think most North American readers interested in contemporary British poetry would feel the same.”—William Pritchard