Roy Fisher: a late harvest

by Simon Collings

The title of Roy Fisher’s latest volume of poetry, Slakki, is an Old Norse word meaning ‘a shallow valley’. Through this choice of title he is conditioning the reader to expect something modest and unassuming, and indeed these are relatively minor poems, though a rewarding read nonetheless.  Anyone who loves Fisher’s work, as I do, will find plenty to admire and enjoy. The collection includes 17 new poems, written since 2010, plus poems from the 1950s and 1960s previously omitted by Fisher from other collections. A fuller review of the book is available on Stride.