The Taste of My Mornings

The Taste of My Mornings

Essays on Poets, Critics and America

By Tony Roberts

Available end of March 2019

Price: £12.00

ISBN: 978-1-912524-26-6

Number of pages: 316

Paperback, 129x203mm

As well as being a much-praised poet, Tony Roberts is a critic and reviewer whose work has regularly appeared in such leading journals as Agenda, The London Magazine, PN Review, and Stand. The Taste of My Mornings brings together essays written over the past five years, in which he takes a biographical glance at the American experience of C20th poets, from Archibald MacLeish to early Louise Glück, and from Louis MacNeice to Ted Hughes. Entertaining and insightful, the essays illustrate Matthew Arnold’s dictum that criticism ‘may have, in no contemptible measure, a joyful sense of creative activity’.

Roberts also addresses the life and work of some well-known literary critics, including William Empson and Al Alvarez, ending with a sample of his most recent reviews.


Reviews of Roberts’s previous prose collection, The Taste in My Mind: Essays & Reviews (2015):

‘A detailed map of the age is condensed to appear as table-talk. You invite him to dinner and his friends talk easily into the night after everyone else has gone.’ – John Forth

‘His skills are evident in every piece as he deftly moves in and out of a poet’s work and points to its qualities… There is much to be gained from The Taste in My Mind, and I recommend it to anyone who likes to read clear, well-written commentary and criticism.’ – Jim Burns

Tony Roberts is the author of five collections of poems, most recently The Noir American & Other Poems (2018), and the editor of Poetry in the Blood (2014), both from Shoestring Press.

Praise for Tony Roberts’s The Noir American & Other Poems:

‘Muscular, allusive, clever, cinematic, and richly musical… these poems capture jazz life as well as anyone could.’ – Michael Waters