By Matthew Barton

Price: £10.00

ISBN: 978-1-912524-75-4

Number of pages: 66

Poetry, English, Paperback, 135x210mm

Matthew Barton, who is the author of four previous collections of poetry, grew up in London and teaches poetry for Oxford University’s Creative Writing Diploma and the Oxford summer schools. He lives in Bristol and edits the poetry magazine Raceme.

He won first prize in the Strokestown Poetry Competition, Ireland, with a poem published in this volume. Many of the poems deal with the death of his wife and other close friends, and a good many are set in or inspired by Pembrokeshire, Wales, where he often stays.

‘A honed-down art that makes each word count… a remarkable felicity of phrasing that takes one by surprise.’ – Roger Caldwell reviewing Family Tree in London Grip.

‘These are sensitive, thoughtful and well-crafted poems. Read them for yourself. You’ll be glad you did.’ – Bob Horne in The High Window.

‘Barton’s translations (of Rilke’s Duino Elegies) are a good starting-point for those who don’t know German and wish to discover a major European poet through his major work. I don’t see how it could have been done better.’ – Merryn Williams, London Grip.