The Shores of Vaikus

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About the Author
Born in Cornwall, son of an Estonian wartime refugee, Philip Gross has lived in Plymouth, Bristol and South Wales, where he was Professor of Creative Writing at Glamorgan University (USW). His 28th book of poetry, The Shores of Vaikus, is published by Bloodaxe in 2025. His previous collection, The Thirteenth Angel (2023), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize 2022. That followed eleven previous books with Bloodaxe, including Between the Islands (2020), A Bright Acoustic (2017), Love Songs of Carbon (2015), winner of the Roland Mathias Poetry Award and a Poetry Book Society Recommendation; Deep Field (2011), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation; The Water Table (2009), winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize 2009; and Changes of Address: Poems 1980-1998 (2001), his selection from earlier books including The Ice Factory, Cat's Whisker, The Son of the Duke of Nowhere, I.D. and The Wasting Game. His collaboration with photographer Simon Denison, I Spy Pinhole Eye (Cinnamon Press, 2009), won the Wales Book of the Year Award 2010.
'The Thirteenth Angel, like all Philip Gross's work, fuses the physical and the metaphysical, and lights the profoundest subject matter with shafts of playful humour. He is a poet with exceptional gifts of observation, whether it's a panoramic view of the earth and its inhabitants or 'the mutterings of quiet circumstance / under the threshold of attention.' - Jean Sprackland, chair of judges, T.S. Eliot Prize 2022