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A welcome new selection of John Fuller's poems, taken from his last eight collections and spanning over two decades of work

This rich selection of John Fuller’s poems, made by the author himself, is taken from his last eight collections and spans over twenty-five years of work.

'Everything goes back to earth,' writes Fuller, 'But first it must dance / Dance to exhaustion.' His poems, brilliant in their dexterity and virtuoso in their use of form, engage with a spectacular range of subjects, revealing a dark, haunted imagination leavened by moments of exuberant levity.

Taken together, they form an elegant, enquiring and accomplished body of work, and one that confirms John Fuller as a significant and influential figure in British poetry.


An excellent introduction to one of England’s greatest poets – an artist unafraid to combine intellect with sensuousness. After all, sometimes “poetry’s the only heaven we have”.

Mark Sanderson, Telegraph

Belong[s] on the shelf of every poetry lover ... Sustained and deeply felt

Independent, Books of the Year 2012


Hugo Williams, Spectator

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback


    October 15, 2012

    Chatto & Windus

    288 pages

    RRP $45.00

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  • EBook


    October 4, 2012

    Vintage Digital

    288 pages

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The Grey Among The Green
Who Is Ozymandias?
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Song & Dance
The Space of Joy
Flawed Angel
Collected Poems
Now and for a Time
The Memoirs Of Laetitia Horsepole
The Vintage Book Of Love Poetry
Look Twice
Flying To Nowhere
The Burning Boys


The Odyssey
In Doctor No's Garden
O Westport In The Light Of Asia Minor
The Asylum Dance
My Alexandria
The Necessary Aptitude
The Horseman's Word
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Division Street
Speak, Old Parrot
The Mara Crossing
Echoes of Memory
Profit and Loss
Who Is Ozymandias?
New Poems Book One
A Hundred Doors