Carcanet Press Logo
Quote of the Day
Carcanet Press is our most courageous publisher. When you look at what they have brought out since their beginnings, it makes so many other houses seem timid or merely predictable.
Charles Tomlinson

Night Watch

Peter Scupham

10% off
Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Available as:
Paperback (80 pages)
(Pub. Nov 1999)
9780856463198
£7.95 £7.16
  • Description
  • Author
  • Peter Scupham’s eleventh collection brings his customary elegance and skill to bear on themes as diverse as the Battle of Arras, Kilvert’s Diary, and an unexpected encounter with his parents on holiday from the underworld. These parables and truthful fictions explore meeting points and intersections between ‘is’ and ‘was’, or ‘is’ and ‘might be’. The centre of the book is a substantial sequence, ‘The Northern Line’, where the poet’s double, in his old guise as a National Serviceman, takes a journey by ghost train through the 1950s, that hinge of the century when the trouble of great wars gave way to the troubles of a patchwork peace.

    Peter Scupham was born in Liverpool in 1933. With John Mole he founded The Mandeville Press and now lectures, writes, and runs Mermaid Books, a second-hand book business in Norfolk. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His Collected Poems was published by Carcanet Press in 2002. ... read more
Share this...
The Carcanet Blog On the Way to Jerusalem Farm: Carola Luther read more Notes on Field Requiem: Sheri Benning read more Windows on Translation: P.C. Evans read more Virga: Togara Muzanenhamo read more Midnight in the Kant Hotel: Rod Mengham read more The Long Year of Plagues: Fred D'Aguiar read more
Find your local bookshop logo
Arts Council Logo
We thank the Arts Council England for their support and assistance in this interactive Project.
This website ©2000-2021 Carcanet Press Ltd