“This book is probably best described as a collective autobiography. With few exceptions the contributing poets write about their origins and influences and how they became involved in poetry. My main objective is to present the spirit of a brief era which, in retrospect, was exceptional in its momentum towards the democratisation and dissemination of poetry. The era or ‘cusp’ I’m concentrating on is between World War II and the advent of the World Wide Web. Already extraordinary in its social, political and cultural upheaval, it seems even more heightened when set against the technological transformation which has since been unleashed.” — from Geraldine Monk’s introduction to this volume
The book includes pieces by Tim Allen, Tony Baker, Fred Beake, Tilla Brading, Paul Buck, Jim Burns, Ian Davidson, Peter Finch, Roy Fisher, John Freeman, Glenda George, Alan Halsey & David Annwn, Kris Hemensley, Peter Hodgkiss, Nicholas Johnson, Chris McCabe, Anthony Mellors, Geraldine Monk, Hannah Neate, Connie Pickard, Tom Pickard, Frances Presley, Peter Riley, John Seed, Chris Torrance and Gillian Whiteley.
Paperback, 244pp. 9x6ins, £12.95 / $20