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Jon Silkin (1930 - 1997)

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  • Jon Silkin was born in London in 1930. After National Service and time as a manual labourer, he went to the University of Leeds as Gregory Fellow in Poetry. He founded Stand magazine in 1952 and the Northern House press in 1965. His publications included nine volumes of poetry and many critical works and anthologies: Out of Battle, his study of Rosenberg, Owen and other poets of the Great War, is a critical landmark. He held writing fellowships and chairs in the United States, Australia and Japan. Jon Silkin died in November 1997.
    Praise for Jon Silkin (1930 - 1997) 'It's impossible to do justice to a driven lifetime's worth of work. Final plaudits are very much due to editors Jon Glover and Kathryn Jenner who, having painstakingly constructed such a thorough and intelligently sequenced summary of Silkin's poetic output, have also managed to make a compelling case for reappraising his reputation as more than a poet of his own time. Within this comely breezeblock of post-Second World War verse, ther is much that ought to interest, inspire and concern our own faltering century.'
    Stand Magazine


    'Complete Poems enjoins a new perception of Silkin’s language and concerns, the breadth of his passionately humane interrogation of war and the Holocaust, and his scrutiny of nature and humankind.'
    Jon Glover
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