Collected Poems


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Bloodaxe Books
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6.1 X 9.1 X 1.6 inches | 1.6 pounds

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About the Author

Anne Stevenson (1933-2020) was a major American and British poet. As well as many poetry collections, she published a biography of Sylvia Plath (1989), two books of essays, Between the Iceberg and the Ship (1998) and About Poems and how poems are not about (Bloodaxe, 2017), and two critical studies of Elizabeth Bishop's work, most recently Five Looks at Elizabeth Bishop (Bloodaxe, 2006). Her Collected Poems (Bloodaxe, 2023) supersedes Poems 1955-2005 (2005), with the addition of poems from her final three collections, Stone Milk (2007), Astonishment (2012) and Completing the Circle (2020).


"Stevenson's accomplishments as a poet are nothing short of vast. Her work is by turns tender-hearted, funny, argumentative and lyrical. Her sense of place is exquisitely refined, and place in her poems becomes a moral stance, a place to stand and regard the world." -- Jay Parini, The Guardian, paying tribute to Anne Stevenson

'This volume serves both as an excellent introduction for those inexplicably not familiar with her poetry and a welcome compilation to dip in and return to for those who do know her work.' - Emma Lee, London Grip

'She'll rightly be regarded as one of the major poets of our period. Her poems, written over decades, were rich in philosophy and humanity.' - George Szirtes on Anne Stevenson, quoted on BBC Radio 3's The Verb

'Her meticulously crafted poetry was elegiac, witty, passionate and sharply visual.' - The Telegraph, paying tribute to Anne Stevenson

'Her poems are remarkable for her penetrating questioning of the way we see things and her interpretation of the world around us.' - Alan Taylor, The Herald (Scotland), paying tribute to Anne Stevenson

'Fifty years of powerful verse from one of Britain's major poets.' - Independent on Sunday

'While Anne Stevenson is most certainly, and rightly, regarded as one of the major poets of our period, it has never been by virtue of this or that much anthologised poem, but by the work or mind as a whole. It is not so much a matter of the odd lightning-struck tree as of an entire landscape, and that landscape is always humane, intelligent and sane, composed of both natural and rational elements, and amply furnished with patches of wit and fury, which only serve to bring out the humanity.' - George Szirtes, London Magazine

'Her knowledge of botany, ornithology and other natural sciences is impressive, but her talent is for fusing the disciplines into an honest and humane account of our world, and expressing this through rhythm and form...She is wise without portentousness, her technique faultless and her imagination fiery, political and fresh.' - Carol Rumens, The Independent [on A Report from the Border]