Andrew Crozier (1943-2008) was a poet, and an energiser of poetry. A champion of work excluded from the familiar canon, he brought to the English literary landscape of the 1960s and 70s an engagement with the energies of American poetry. As a publisher and critic he helped to create a space for new voices within English poetry: for George Oppen, Carl Rakosi, Roy Fisher, J.H. Prynne. His own poetry is meticulous in its attention to language, exhilarating in its inventiveness and force. Crozier wrote that, for him, 'becoming a poet had to do with finding a mode for making sense of ...being alive', and his writing is alive with the possibilities of language. Ian Brinton, editor of The Use of English until 2011 and author of Contemporary Poetry since 1990, has brought together a comprehensive selection of Crozier's poetry and prose, much of it previously out of print or scattered in small press publications. Biographical and critical notes and a detailed bibliography complete this landmark edition of one of the essential figures in modern poetry.
Andrew Crozier was educated at Christ's College, Cambridge and at the State University of New York, Buffalo. He was Professor of English at Sussex until 2006, and he founded The English Intelligencer, the Ferry Press, and Wivenhoe Park Review. A poet and poetry editor, he wrote extensively on the Objectivists. Ian Brinton was educated at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, under JH Prynne, before going on to a career in English teaching. He became Head of English at Leeds Grammar School, Sevenoaks, and Dulwich College. He edited The Use of English from 2003 until 2011. The author of books on Charles Dickens and Emily Bronte, he is currently working on a monograph on Edward Thomas.
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