Smoking Opium in Moscow

Smoking Opium in Moscow

By Roger Caldwell

Price: £10.00

ISBN: 978-1-912524-39-6

Number of pages: 70

Paperback, 135x210mm


Roger Caldwell was born in St Albans and grew up in Hertfordshire. He was working in Teheran for the British Council when the Iranian Revolution began, and has also lived and taught in Canada and Germany. He has reviewed poetry for P.N. Review, Poetry Review, and the T.L.S.. His own poetry has appeared in the UK, USA, Canada, and New Zealand. He has written in various journals on topics ranging from world-politics to music, and is currently a regular contributor to Philosophy Now.

Alison Brackenbury noted of his first Shoestring collection, Waiting for World 93 (2011), that it began with a French flourish and ended in a cosmic joke, and saw him as “a necessary poet”. John Greening, reviewing his second Shoestring collection, Setting Out for the Mad Islands (2016), in the TLS, praised its classical poise and “unsettling lucidity”, and found his voice to be one that is “remarkably original and consistent”.

In this new collection he draws on fiction, history and autobiography to tell travellers’ tales—journeys from innocence to experience, and from youth to age—confirming that if home is where we start from it is never the place where we end up.