During the 1980s Michael Hamburger published both collected and selected editions of his poetry, but "Roots in the Air" is his first collection of new poems to appear for a decade. 'Memorably disquieting' was one reviewer's verdict on his last collection, a response which the poems in this book will evoke in many readers. His work is profoundly engaged with both the natural and human world, its concerns are felt not fashioned, and his verse has a natural ease and personal rhythms which make it both distinctive and approachable.
Michael Hamburger was born in Berlin in 1924, and came to Britain as a child. His 'Collected Poems' appeared in 1984. He has published several critical books, including 'The Truth of Poetry' and numerous translations, among them versions of Holderlin, Rilke, Hofmannsthal and Celan. In 1990 he was awarded the EC's first European Translation Prize for 'Poems of Paul Celan'.