John Levett

John Levett is a winner of the National Poetry Competition and the New Statesman’s Prudence Farmer Award.

His collection, Their Perfect Lives, was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Prize:

“This is a thoroughly accomplished and assured work, purposefully witty without ever being trivially clever, formal without dryness and with a resonating sense of the unnoticed significance of the seemingly ordinary.”
Glyn Pursglove, Acumen

“…there are real pleasures here, in Levett’s technical resource, wry humour and successful assemblages of telling detail…”
Alan Brownjohn, The Sunday Times

“…he is master…of the self-enclosed system that neatly turns conceits on a theme within a highly focused field of metaphor and argument. If iconic manufactured objects are the markers of this impressive collection, scientific examination and ‘ways of seeing’ in general are its connecting thread.”
Giles Foden, Times Literary Supplement

“…hardly falters from its opening piece “Am”, exploring in language of sinuous elegance the web of connections about that first person verb, to its close forty poems later…”
Robin Shirley, Orbis

“…this is a virtuoso performance which results in connoisseur’s poetry.”
Eddie Wainwright, Envoi

Books by Shoestring Press:

The Nick of Time

A Short History of Mornings