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John Wilkinson

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Books by this author: My Reef My Manifest Array
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  • John Wilkinson was born in London and grew up on the Cornish coast and on Dartmoor. After university at Cambridge he trained as a psychiatric nurse and worked in mental health services and public health in the West Midlands, South Wales and London’s East End. In 2005 he moved to the United States and has held academic positions at the University of Notre Dame and at the University of Chicago where he is currently a Professor in the Department of English and Director of Creative Writing. His extensive publications include Selected Poems (Schedule of Unrest, 2014). Wilkinson has held Fulbright and National Humanities Center fellowships.

    Praise for John Wilkinson  'Wilkinson's method is essentially Metaphysical, a poetry of paradox, complex, subtle and 'difficult', but rewarding, exploring philosophical concerns through controlled Baroque language games, with elaborate simile to the fore.'
    Billy Mills, Elliptical Movements
     'In his inimitable manner of complex and various lyricism... Array could be regarded as a kind of extended post-Romantic lyric which takes on themes that vary from the death of his sister to his childhood experiences in Cornwall...the whole is infused with a certain wit and lyrical sophistication'
    Clark Allison, Stride
    'These poems knock the head around enough to cause whiplash.'
    Nathaniel Mackey
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