Frances Horovitz’s Collected Poems (1985) was one of the landmark volumes of post-war British poetry. Many were inspired by the remote Cotswold valley where she lived for ten years; others by the border country of Cumbria and the Welsh Marches. She was one of the finest ever readers of poetry, and this new edition includes an audio CD of her reading a selection of her poems, along with an interview.
"She has perfect rhythm, great delicacy and a rather Chinese yet very locally British sense of landscape… her poetry does seem to me to approach greatness."
"Frances Horovitz inherits the mantle of Kathleen Raine and of Frances Bellerby. It is an honour to be able to say that her voice is not that of the 'age' but of the earth."
"Her Collected Poems of 1985 went largely unnoticed. And yet a few of these poems are better than anything published here in the last decade… The Collected Poems are, after all, what we are left with when all the symposia and elegies have withered. One is reminded, gratefully, of John Updike's appreciation of Wallace Stevens: 'What a good use of life, to leave behind one beautiful book'."
James Wood, The Times
"Her warm, modulated voice is as delicate and precise as her verse forms and observations."
Rachel Redford, The Observer
Frances Horovitz (1938-83) was greatly loved and respected not only as a poet, but also as a broadcaster and performer of poetry. She published four collections of poems, including Water Over Stone (Enitharmon, 1980) and Snow Light, Water Light (Bloodaxe, 1983). She died in 1983, aged 45, after a long illness. This Collected Poems is edited by her husband, the poet and critic Roger Garfitt.