The Whispering Sky

The Whispering Sky

By Richard Kell

Price: £10.00

ISBN: 978-1-912524-50-1

Number of pages: 86

Paperback, 135x210mm


Richard Kell, born in Co. Cork in 1927, was educated mainly in Belfast and Dublin, where he graduated from Trinity College. He taught in England, finally as a senior lecturer in English and American literature. He contributed poetry reviews and critical essays to a number of periodicals, and after retirement co-edited Other Poetry.

Kell began writing poetry at the age of ten, and at eighteen his poem ‘Pigeons’ was accepted by a major newspaper. Since then his work has appeared in magazines, anthologies, and (including this one) sixteen solo collections large and small.

The four sections of The Whispering Sky deal successively with powers of life, identity, uses of language, and old age. Whatever his approach—thoughtful questioning, narrative, humorous appraisal, or some other—Kell shapes lines that are clear and meaningful. Anne Stevenson writes: “Richard Kell’s poetry has, for many years, maintained high standards of intelligence, wit, imagination and musical form. One of the most accomplished poets of the twentieth century, Kell has crossed into the new millennium with renewed assurance.”