Essays on Roy Fisher and Veronica Forrest-Thomson

by Simon Collings

I have two essays in the latest issue of Journal of Poetics Research, issue 6, which has just been published. One of the essays is on Roy Fisher’s long poem The Cut Pages, which I have blogged about before. Sadly Roy died last month.

The other concerns the poet and critic Veronica Forrest-Thomson who died in 1975 at the age of just 27. Forrest-Thomson was one of the first poets in Britain to engage with the work of French theorists such as Roland Barthes, Jacques Derrida and Julia Kristeva. She was feisty and clever, a woman on a mission to shake up British poetry, her death a tragic loss. In the essay I argue that her theoretical writings, and her poetry, owe as much to established literary figures such as T. S. Eliot and William Empson as they do to post-modernism.