Jeremy Hooker takes a variety of poets and poems and sets them against each other to produce illuminating insights into the condition of modern poetry as a whole. Hooker also adds his thoughts on the present practice of literary criticism and the philosophies which form it.
Drawing on poets from the English, American and Anglo-Welsh traditions, Hooker's subjects include Eliot, Bunting, Hill, Oppen, Wainwright, John Matthias, Roland Mathias, Gillian Clarke, John Ormond, and John Tripp. Almost all of the essays have been written since the publication of Hooker's last book of general criticism, the much admired Poetry of Place (1982).
Jeremy Hooker was born in Hampshire in 1941. He was a lecturer at University College, Aberystwyth, for nineteen years, and is the author of several volumes of poetry, included a selected, A View from the Source. He has recently begun teaching at the University of Glamorgan.