first poems were published in Poetry Review under the editorship
of Eric Mottram.
Mottram and Bob Cobbing, the little press professor, and publisher
of vast numbers of new titles for new writers, as Writers Forum,
were the two immediate influences on Bill in the 1970s, but American
poets like Michael McClure and Muriel Rukeyser, realisers of word-potential
like Keats, Crabbe and Hopkins, and the literature of Old English
have also long claimed his admiration.
latest titles have come not from his own Amra Imprint but as paperback
volumes from other little presses: Rousseau and the Wicked (Invisible
Books, London, 1996), a joint book with Tom Raworth and Tom Leonard
(Etruscan Reader 5, Etruscan Books, Buckfastleigh, 1997) and on
his own, Nomad Sense (Talus Editions, London, 1998), A Book of
Spilt Cities (Etruscan Books, 1999), Ushabtis (Talus, 2001), and
Durham and other sequences (West House Books, 2002). LOOK IT'S
LOKI has been specially made for Matchbox.
Poetry publications include: Cycles (Writers Forum & Pirate
Press, London, 1974,1976); Building: The New London Hospital (Loot
1:4, Peterborough, 1980); Tract Against The Giants: Selected Poems
(Coach House Press, Toronto, 1984); Future Exiles: 3 London Poets
with Allen Fisher and Brian Catling (Paladin, London, 1992); Star
Fish Jail (Amra Imprint, Seaham, 1993).
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