Peter Finch: Selected Later Poems

Peter Finch
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
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A prolific, relentlessly inventive, provocative and often hilarious poet, Peter Finch has published over twenty volumes of verse, as well as prose, including the popular alternative guide books in Seren's Real... series.This selection follows his popular Selected Poems (1987) with a choice of work from books published in the past twenty years.

"Since the early 1970s, Finch has been the principal innovator in Welsh poetry… he deserves a Welsh knighthood." – Richard Kostelanetz, Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes

"a delight, continuously inventive, truthful, intelligent, as funny as Buster Keaton or Dafydd ap Gwilym, and as sad. I was reminded more often than not of Joyce and MacDiarmid, and of the linguistic high jinks – and indignation – on view in recent Scottish poetry. What lifts the pieces in Useful out of callow avant-gardeism is Finch’s admirable imagination and formal control. Buy it soonest." – Independent on Sunday.
"I’m convinced that Finch is one of the most exciting poets writing today on these islands, pushing the idea of poetry out as far as it will go, stretching the elastic band to snapping point and beyond, far beyond. Finch is so good because of his constant need to create and recreate, and his refusal to accept barriers. We need more poets like him." – Ian McMillan


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