School of English


(BA, Kent; PhD, Glasgow)

Simon Smith is a poet, translator and essayist. He worked at The Poetry Library on the fifth floor of The Royal Festival Hall in London from 1991-2007, and was its Librarian from 2003 until 2007. He taught Creative Writing at London South Bank University where he devised and led the BA and MA, and at the Open University. He has taught at the University of Kent since 2006.

Nine full-length collections have appeared: Fifteen Exits, Reverdy Road, Mercury, London Bridge, 11781 W. Sunset Boulevard, More Flowers Than You Could Possibly Carry: Selected Poems 1989-2012, Day In, Day Out, some Municipal Love Poems and The Books of Catullus. Mercury was long-listed for the Costa Prize in 2007; in 2009 he was a Hawthornden Writing Fellow; and was a judge of the National Poetry Competition in 2004. He has written reviews and essays on poetry for Poetry Review and PN Review, and his poems and translations by Baudelaire, Reverdy, Martial and Catullus have appeared in New Statesman, Poetry Review, PN Review and Stand. He has read his work to audiences in the UK, US, Canada and France. Since 2010 he has worked on collaborative poetry and music projects with Jamie Telford, David Herd, Sam Bailey, Jack Hues and The-Quartet, Matt Wright and Evan Parker. '

Contact Information


School of English, Rutherford NC5

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Smith, S. (2015). Half a dozen just like you. [Online]. Hunstanton: Oystercatcher Press. Available at:
Smith, S. (2015). Navy. Ramsgate: Verisimilitude.
Smith, S. (2014). 11781 W. Sunset Boulevard. [Online]. Bristol: Shearsman Books. Available at:
Smith, S. (2012). Carmen LXIV. [Online]. Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside: Knives Forks and Spoons Press. Available at:
Smith, S. (2012). 25 Poems by Catullus. Cheltenham: Gratton Street Irregulars.
Smith, S. (2011). Gravesend. [Online]. London: Veer Books. Available at:
Smith, S. (2010). London Bridge. Cambridge: Salt Publishing.
Smith, S. (2009). Browning Variations. Norwich: Landfill.
Smith, S. (2006). Mercury. Cambridge: Salt Publications.
Smith, S. (2004). Air-Shaped. Ottawa: Lyric Editions.
Book section
Smith, S. (2015). Beached here at random by mysterious forces: fifty years of poetry at the University of Kent. in: Hickman, B. and Montefiore, J. E. eds. Beached here at random by mysterious forces: fifty years of poetry at the University of Kent. : University of Kent.
Smith, S. (2015). Reading Blackburn Reading Olson: Paul Blackburn Reads Olson's 'Maximus, to Gloucester: Letter 15'. in: Herd, D. ed. Contemporary Olson. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 103-112. Available at:
Smith, S. (2014). Manston one poem. in: Blamires, A. and Robinson, P. eds. The Arts of Peace: an Anthology of Poetry. Reading: Two Rivers Press, pp. 32-33.
Smith, S. (2013). Chromosome 7: An Elegy. in: Lehane, D. and Cleghorn, E. eds. Sequences and Pathogens: an Anthology of Poems and Reflections. London: Litmus Publishing, pp. 14-19.
Smith, S. and Allen, F. (2013). Textual Intimacies: Letters, Journals, Poetry – Ghost Writing Telegraph Cottage. in: Cooke, J. ed. Scenes of Intimacy: Reading, Writing and Theorizing Contemporary Literature. New York and London: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 73-94.
Smith, S. (2008). Nine poems from Night Shift. in: Hilson, J. ed. The Reality Street Book of Sonnets. Hastings: Reality Street, pp. 261-265.
Smith, S. (2004). Horace: On Drinking Your Good Health. in: Poetry, S. ed. Poetry on a Plate: A Feast of Poems and Recipes. Cambridge: Salt Publications, pp. 22-22.
Smith, S. (2015). Four poems from ZEROFOURZEROFIVEZEROSIXTWENTYTWELVE. Shearsman Summer:52-54.
Smith, S. (2015). Four poems from Navy. Tears in the Fence:7-11.
Smith, S. (2015). Six Encounters. Junction Box [Online]:1-6. Available at:
Smith, S. (2015). From ZEROFOURZEROFIVEZEROSIXTWENTYTWELVE. Molly Bloom [Online]:1-5. Available at:
Smith, S. (2014). One poem from Salon Noir. Litmus Magazine [Online]:28-31. Available at: http:/
Smith, S. (2013). from ZEROSEVEN. ZONE:78-80.
Smith, S. (2013). Locale. New Statesman [Online] 2013:1-2. Available at:
Smith, S. (2013). Four poems from Half a Dozen Just Like You. Molly Bloom [Online] 2:1-4. Available at:
Smith, S. (2013). Three poems from Half a dozen just like you. Shearsman:77-80.
Smith, S. (2013). Two poems from ZEROFOURZEROFIVEZEROSIXTWENTYTWELVE. Cordite Poetry Review [Online]:1-2. Available at:
Smith, S. (2012). Eleven poems from 11781 W. Sunset Boulevard. Shearsman:32-37.
Smith, S. (2012). Three poems from Gravesend. Fence 15:87-89.
Smith, S. (2012). One poem from Half a Dozen Just Like You. Tears in the Fence:13-14.
Smith, S. (2012). News of the World: A Stone Dog by Aidan Semmens. Tears in the Fence:120-122.
Smith, S. (2012). Four poems from 11781 W. Sunset Boulevard. OR:15-15.
Smith, S. (2011). Four poems from Gravesend. Tears in the Fence:98-99.
Smith, S. (2011). Learning to Mourn: Penelope Shuttle, Kamau Brathwaite, Christopher Middleton. Poetry Review 101:100-104.
Smith, S. and Murphy, R. (2010). Three poems from CONTENT. Likestarlings [Online]:1-6. Available at:
Smith, S. (2009). Two poems from the Latin of Catullus, 65 and 66. PN Review 35:58-59.
Smith, S. (2009). Catullus Poems 107 and 109. Vanitas:28-28.
Smith, S. (2008). Close up: Blank Verse and the Conversational Poem. Poetry News 2008:4-4.
Smith, S. (2008). The Flâneur: Catullus, Martial and Frank O'Hara. PN Review 35:54.
Smith, S. (2007). Two poems by Catullus translated by Simon Smith. fragmente:54-64.
Smith, S. (2007). Of Metaphysics and Kitchen Sinks: Fiona Sampson and Richard Price. PN Review 34:69-70.
Smith, S. (2007). Three poems by Catullus translated by Simon Smith. Poetry Review 97:47-50.
Smith, S. (2007). One poem by Rilke translated by Simon Smith. fragmente:65-68.
Smith, S. (2006). Quivering Eros. Poetry Review 96:105-107.
Smith, S. (2006). Six poems from Martial translated by Simon Smith. PN Review 33:54-54.
Smith, S. (2006). Six poems by Catullus translated by Simon Smith. Stand Magazine 6/7:115-117.
Smith, S. (2006). Nine poems from Mercury. Onedit [Online]:1-9. Available at:
Smith, S. (2005). Twelve poems from Mercury. Angel Exhaust:97-102.
Smith, S. (2005). Accessibility : a Catullus for now? Poetry Review 95:98-102.
Smith, S. (2005). Two Kinds of Utopias: John Kinsella and David Herd. Poetry Review 95:106-110.
Internet publication
Smith, S. (2012). World Poetry Portfolio #31: Simon Smith [Online magazine]. Available at:
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Research Interests

  • Contemporary poetry: modernist, post-modernist;
  • poetic journals: Paul Blackburn, Joanne Kyger;
  • translation: Catullus, Horace, Martial, Propertius, Baudelaire, Reverdy, Apollinaire, Rilke, Hölderlin;
  • translation and translation theory;
  • poetics.
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Research supervision

Projects supervised: Women’s poetry and elegy (received Faculty of Humanities Research Prize at the University of Kent); George Oppen and science.

Current Practice as Research PhD projects under supervision: Disability and Medical Humanities; Apocalyptical poetry and W S Graham; Poetries of Place: Charles Olson, David Jones, Laurie Duggan; German Poetry and Eco-Poetics; Performance, Concrete and Visual Poetry in the Gallery. Simon welcomes any proposals for similar Practice as Research PhD projects to those listed here, as well as, other topics, such as translation, prose poetry, poetics.

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Simon Smith has been external examiner at the universities of Bolton, Greenwich, Roehampton, UEL, Birkbeck, and externally examined MAs and PhDs at the universities of Bolton and Hertfordshire. He is a peer reviewer for NAWE.

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School of English, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NX

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Last Updated: 15/09/2018