Published by Bloodaxe Books
Shortlisted for the 2013 Michael Murphy Memorial Prize.
Shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection 2011.
Poetry Book Society Recommendation.
"Pizzazz, wit and – astonishing at his age – both technical assurance and a genuinely integrated humanity."
Fiona Sampson, Poetry Books of the Year 2011, The Independent
Confer is a book between two cities – London and Paris – with detours via rural and smalltown England, drunkenness and death camps in Bavaria, the American absurd and the lost libraries of the Roman Empire. It contains love and lust poems, variations on Baudelaire and conversations with Nietzsche and Auden.
This is an impressive debut collection by a young poet already well-known for his innovative, highly musical poetry.
"Warner's poems, by turns funny and disconcerting and patently accomplished, set out their individual programme as originally as in any debut collection for some time."
Alan Brownjohn, The Times
“Ahren Warner has almost invented a new kind of Fin de siècle.”
“Even before this first collection, Ahren Warner has become an influential poet, with his trademark tabulations and his unlikely mix of youthful humour and academic nous. Confer confers upon him the status of a central figure in a new generation of British poets.”
"Such lyric intelligence provides the strongest signs of Warner's promise in this accomplished debut."
Carrie Etter, The Guardian
Ahren Warner was born in 1986, and grew up in Lincolnshire before moving to London. He has published his work widely in magazines and anthologies, including Identity Parade (2010) and Voice Recognition (2009) from Bloodaxe, and in Re:, a pamphlet from Donut Press (2011). He received an Eric Gregory Award in 2010. He is currently completing a PhD in philosophy and literature at the University of London, and divides his time between Paris and London.