This book is two in one: The Anatolikon , published in Great Britain for the first time, and a collection of new poems entitled To the City . John Ash remains a savage wit, an elegist, a poet of celebration, and one who refuses to let his work be assimilated into orthodoxy or predictability.
Born in Manchester in 1948, John Ash read English at the University of Birmingham. He taught for a year in Cyprus. His Carcanet books include The Goodbyes (Poetry Book Society Choice, 1982), The Branching Stairs (1984), Disbelief (PBS Choice 1987) and The Burnt Pages (1991). His latest collection Anatolikon and To the City was published by Carcanet in 2002.