School of English


(BA, Kent; PhD, Glasgow)

'Simon Smith’s writing forges English language poetry out of the translated utterance, London Bridge, [fixes] itself not to place but to the questions of crossing.' 
The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry, edited by Peter Robinson 

'Reverdy Road and Mercury are book-length sequences of short, epigrammatic lyrics which pick up and redistribute the language and life-world of modern London with a Raworthian lightness.' 
The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry, edited by Ian Hamilton and Jeremy Noel-Tod

I 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.  I taught Creative Writing at London South Bank University where I devised and led the BA and MA, and at the Open University.  I have taught at the University of Kent since 2006.
My main interest is writing poetry, and my fifth, full-length collection of poems appears from Shearsman Books in 2014, entitled, 11781 W. Sunset Boulevard.

Critical comment on this book:

‘Smith's skill in assimilation will always be ahead of you, partly because it assimilates ruthlessly to his own present tense, and partly because total assimilation is refused in favour of sheer presence.' — Peter Riley, The Fortnightly Review

‘This is not the lyric subjectivity of the English Romantics but the bric-a-brac of international collision' — Lytton Smith, Los Angeles Review of Books

Four earlier full-length collections are: Fifteen Exits, Reverdy Road, Mercury, and London BridgeMercury was long-listed for the Costa Prize in 2007; in 2009 I was a Hawthornden Writing Fellow; and was a judge of the National Poetry Competition in 2004.  I have written reviews and essays on poetry for Poetry Review and PN Review, and my poems and translations by Pierre Reverdy, Martial and Catullus, have appeared in New Statesman, Poetry Review, PN Review and StandThe Books of Catullus is forthcoming from Carcanet.   I am currently working on several projects relating to the oeuvre of American poet Paul Blackburn.

Since 2010 I have worked on collaborative poetry and music projects with Jamie Telford, David Herd, Sam Bailey, Jack Hues and The-Quartet, Matt Wright and Evan Parker.  I am a co-founder of Sounds New Poetry Festival.

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Smith, S. (2015). Navy. Ramsgate: Verisimilitude.
Smith, S. (2015). Half a dozen just like you. [Online]. Hunstanton: Oystercatcher Press. Available at:
Smith, S. (2014). 11781 W. Sunset Boulevard. [Online]. Bristol: Shearsman Books. Available at:
Smith, S. (2012). 25 Poems by Catullus. Cheltenham: Gratton Street Irregulars.
Smith, S. (2012). Carmen LXIV. [Online]. Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside: Knives Forks and Spoons Press. Available at:
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.
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). From ZEROFOURZEROFIVEZEROSIXTWENTYTWELVE. Molly Bloom [Online]:1-5. Available at:
Smith, S. (2015). Six Encounters. Junction Box [Online]:1-6. Available at:
Smith, S. (2015). Four poems from Navy. Tears in the Fence:7-11.
Smith, S. (2015). Four poems from ZEROFOURZEROFIVEZEROSIXTWENTYTWELVE. Shearsman Summer:52-54.
Smith, S. (2014). One poem from Salon Noir. Litmus Magazine [Online]:28-31. Available at: http:/
Smith, S. (2013). Locale. New Statesman [Online] 2013:1-2. Available at:
Smith, S. (2013). from ZEROSEVEN. ZONE:78-80.
Smith, S. (2013). Three poems from Half a dozen just like you. Shearsman:77-80.
Smith, S. (2013). Four poems from Half a Dozen Just Like You. Molly Bloom [Online] 2:1-4. Available at:
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). Four poems from 11781 W. Sunset Boulevard. OR:15-15.
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). Three poems from Gravesend. Fence 15:87-89.
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). One poem by Rilke translated by Simon Smith. fragmente:65-68.
Smith, S. (2007). Two poems by Catullus translated by Simon Smith. fragmente:54-64.
Smith, S. (2007). Three poems by Catullus translated by Simon Smith. Poetry Review 97:47-50.
Smith, S. (2007). Of Metaphysics and Kitchen Sinks: Fiona Sampson and Richard Price. PN Review 34:69-70.
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). 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.
Smith, S. (2005). Twelve poems from Mercury. Angel Exhaust:97-102.
Internet publication
Smith, S. (2012). World Poetry Portfolio #31: Simon Smith [Online magazine]. Available at:
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Research supervision

I am interested in supervising research in the following areas of creative writing: lyric poetry, avant-garde poetry, poem sequences, prose poems, poetry collaborations and crossovers, and poetry translation. 

Currently I have five PhD students, three of these candidates are working on: a translation of Dante’s Commedia; the idea of Loss in avant-garde poetry and poetics; and the idea of Apocalypse in contemporary poetry. 

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