By Tom Raworth


The Post-Apollo Press
Original Language(s)
Additional Credits
Cover art & book design by Simone Fattal
Edition, Year
First Edition, 1999
In Print

From the Contemporary Poetry Series #1

Tom Raworth
Tom Raworth (1938—2017) was born and grew up in London. During the 1970s he traveled and worked in the United States and Mexico, returning to England in 1977 to be Resident Poet at King’s College, Cambridge, in which ... Read More

It is poetry not just of celerity—which we think of in terms of wit—but also of speed. Despite an inclination to stop and sort out connections, the poems in Meadow have a forward momentum with little space for pause.

— Devin Johnston, Chicago Review


Praise for Meadow

These fourteen poems, ranging from “Intellectual Compost Four” (beginning is a minor danger) to “No Music” (bones lie across the country/covered in rare mixed leaves/unable to keep them//to choose the surest gain), are spare, delicate, unerringly thoughtful. Tom Raworth, word comet streaking across the night sky of our market-driveling-cruel-funny culture: This book illuminates with its own black light—”moving explosion… shadows of pure colour… blank cartoons nerves of speed/ dissolving scars…” Its improbably delicate beauty, a non-righteous moving critique of our terror, awakens the mind’s senses in this briefly visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. As always, Raworth’s poetry is full of humor and rage and love and utmost vocal precision.

— Joan Retallack

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