(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 Bridge. Mercury 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 Stand. The 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.
Office: NC 5 (Rutherford Extension)
School of English
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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.