Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2012 Shortlist


Roy Fisher for Locklines


Roy Fisher has written a series of elliptical short poems for Hillmorton Locks, installed on the Oxford Canal, near Rugby, as part of the Locklines project. Sculptor Peter Coates designed, carved and inlaid the lines of poetry onto green oak lock gate beams, created for locations requiring replacement gates this winter. Fisher has also written for Farmer’s Bridge Lock, Birmingham. Locklines is produced by Chrysalis Arts as part of a wider partnership between the Canal & River Trust and Arts Council England in association with the Poetry Society.


Roy Fisher

Roy Fisher has published over thirty poetry books, and has been the subject of numerous critical essays and several studies, including The Unofficial Roy Fisher, edited by Peter Robinson (Shearsman Books, 2010). His four collections with Bloodaxe include The Dow Low Drop: New & Selected Poems (1996), and his later retrospective, The Long and the Short of It: Poems 1955-2005 (2005). His most recent collection, Standard Midland (2010), published on his eightieth birthday, was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award. Born in 1930 in Handsworth, Birmingham, he retired as Senior Lecturer in American Studies from Keele University in 1982. He is a freelance writer and jazz musician, and lives in Derbyshire.
 


Extract from Locklines
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Hillmorton 4

WORKING WATER
CAPTIVE FOR A WHILE


Hillmorton 5

CLIMBS CAREFULLY DOWN
THIS DOOR MAKES DEPTH

 


Roy Fisher
Photo: Jemimah Kuhfeld
 

Locklines
Lock gates at Hillmorton