You will be interested to know that there is increasing interest here in
English poets who have not been recognized as well as poets of Scotland,
and Wales. Perhaps you know the series from the National Poetry
Foundation on "Man and Poet" or "Woman and Poet"? That is the US
publisher of my edition on MacDiarmid. And there is work by Keith Tuma
and Romana Huk on rethinking what we used to think were "the"
I don't know Nicholson's work, but I will be in Manchester in May to
hear Jacke Kay read, and now I will look for a copy. Is it readily
available in bookstores there?
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I'm researching the life and works of the above, and it's already very
obvious that there will be many connections of all kinds with TSE. I
established yet the depth or frequency of the actual contacts my
subject had with
TSE, nor have I attempted any evaluation of literary context /
influences, but here is an extract from the biographical notes which
his archived personal papers at the University of Manchester [the
in the text refers to a specific item of these]:
..............Just a year later his own first collection, Five Rivers,
published by Faber and Faber where T.S. Eliot was a director. Eliot,
Nicholson first met at the Faber offices in 1938, had had a great
the formation of Nicholson's poetic style; he later commented that
me, was not just the beginning of modern poetry, he was the beginning of
poetry.' 6 Five Rivers , containing poems in varied styles on themes
Cumbria, the War, and religion, won the first Heinemann Prize for
themes run through Nicholson's second collection, Rock Face, published
Faber in 1948.
It's my profound opinion that Norman Nicholson's work deserves far
and wider recognition than it has so far been given: in part, this was
own making: for example, he remained all his life living and working
the same house in which he was born in a very small and isolated
town in northern England and he had no university education at all.
me ramble on any more about my subject, there's a most excellent web
resource (intended for schools) at:-
Any pointers or comments or opinions from any List members regarding
the above would be most welcome indeed.
Thank you and best regards to all.