The Thing About Roy Fisher

Critical Studies

Edited by John Kerrigan and Peter Robinson

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ISBN: 9780853235156

Publication: March 1, 2000

Series: Liverpool English Texts and Studies 37

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The Thing about Roy Fisher is the first critical book to be dedicated to the work of this outstanding poet, who has won many admirers for his explorations of the modem city, his experiments with perception and sensory experience, his jazz-inspired prose, and his political and cultural comedies. The collection brings together a distinguished group of contributors: poets and critics, from several generations, active on both sides of the Atlantic. In a dozen newly commissioned essays they discuss the entire range of Roy Fisher’s work, from its fraught beginnings in the 1950s through such major texts of the 1960s and 1970s as City, The Ship’s Orchestra and ‘Wonders of Obligation’, to A Furnace, his 1980s masterpiece, and beyond. The essays are closely engaged with the fabric of Fisher’s verse, but they also bring into view a fascinating array of connections between contemporary poetry and philosophy, psychology; the visual arts and jazz. The Thing about Roy Fisher ends with a full and up-to-date bibliography; an essential starting point for further study of this versatile and complex writer, whose centrality and importance within modern English and European poetry is now more than ever apparent. Kerrigan and Robinson’s collection provides a helpful introduction to Roy Fisher’s work, and will be necessary reading for anyone with a live interest in modern poetry.

Notes on Contributors Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction – Peter Robinson 1. Roy Fisher on Location – John Kerrigan 2. ‘Menacing Works in my Isolation’: Early Pieces – James Keery 3. The Work of a Left-Handed Man – John Lucas 4. Osmotic Investigations and Mutant Poems: An Americanist Poetic – Ian F. A. Bell and Meriel Llan 5. ‘Making Forms with Remarks’: The Prose – Robert Sheppard 6. Cutting-Edge Poetics: Roy Fisher’s ‘Language Book’ – Marjorie Perloff 7. A Burning Monochrome: Fisher’s Block – Simon Jarvis 8. ‘The Secret Laugh of the World’ – Ian Samson 9. ‘Exhibiting Unpreparedness’: Self, World, and Poetry – Michael O’Neill 10. ‘Coming into their Own’: Roy Fisher and John Cowper Powys – Ralph Pite 11. A Furnace and the Life of the Dead – Clair Wills 12. Last things – Peter Robinson Roy Fisher: A Bibliography – Derek Slade Indexes

Roy Fisher’s work is something altogether rare in contemporary British poetry.
David Sexton   The Sunday Times

If you haven’t been introduced before, meet Roy Fisher; a major figure of twentieth century literature-inventive, exciting and unpredictable.
Eleanor Cooke   Raw Edge

Format: Hardback

Size: 239 x 163 mm

389 Pages

Copyright: © 2000

ISBN: 9780853235156

Publication: March 1, 2000

Series: Liverpool English Texts and Studies 37

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