Published to coincide with Reid's striking new collection, Nonsense.
With his first book of poems, Arcadia (1979), Christopher Reid won both a Somerset Maugham Award and the Hawthornden Prize. His second, Pea Soup (1982), showed him developing the line of defamiliarising metaphor that had associated him, in the public mind, with the so-called Martian School. With his third, Katerina Brac (1985), however, he surprised readers with something quite different: a volume purporting to consist of translations from the work of a foreign poet, whose nationality and language remained undisclosed.
Subsequent volumes have confirmed Reid's restless spirit of enquiry and invention, adding new, imaginatively oblique approaches, assumed voices and authentic translations to his repertoire. The present Selected Poems follows his career as far as A Scattering, the set of elegies for his late wife that was named Costa Book of the Year for 2009.
Christopher Reid is the author of a number of books of poems, including A Scattering (winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award) and The Song of Lunch (both 2009). From 1991 to 1999 he was Poetry Editor at Faber and Faber, and worked with Ted Hughes on such books as Tales from Ovid and Birthday Letters. He is now a freelance writer and lives in London.
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