Thursday 25 March 2010

Geoffrey Hill candidate for Oxford's Professor of Poetry

The article in The Independent overdoes the matter of violence in Hill's work with its header, "Is this the violent new face of poetry at Oxford?" Hill is hardly new, either. I was going to refer people who wanted to know more about Hill to the British Council's Contemporary Writers site, but shockingly there's no entry for him, though many lesser writers are included. Ironically there is an entry on the Academy of American Poets site--short, but a place to begin for the uninitiated, and here's a site at which to explore his work in depth.


  1. The newspapers trying to sex up poetry as usual?

  2. Thanks for posting this, Carrie. I worked with him about 10 years ago when I was a student at BU. He's an incredible poet...

  3. Carrie -

    Just thought I should point out that the Contemporary Writers site selects many of its writers on the basis that they have worked (in an educational capacity and otherwise) with the British Council. Hence the inclusion of what you term, in comparison with the likes of Hill, "lesser writers". For this reason, it should not be seen solely as a list of exceptional British writers, though of course it is an always expanding database with a small staff and, in time, many of those not included will be added.

    best, B

  4. Thanks for the clarification, Ben!