Anne Stevenson


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Winner of the Lannan Award for a Lifetime's Achievement in Poetry, 2007

Anne Stevenson

An Anglo-American poet who has lived most of her adult life in Great Britain. She is the author of over a dozen volumes of poetry, of some books of essays and literary criticism, of a biography of the American poet Sylvia Plath, Bitter Fame: A Life of Sylvia Plath (1989), and of two critical studies of Elizabeth Bishop. Many of her books are published by in the UK by Bloodaxe Books.

In 2007 Anne was awarded the Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award for Poetry by the Lannan Foundation of Santa Fe, in recognition of her significant contribution to English-language literature.

A note by Anne Stevenson on the Bloodaxe Lectures, 2016
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January 2020

Completing The Circle

Anne Stevenson's Completing the Circle is a swansong collection of moving elegies and celebrations written in her 80s during the early decades of what she calls in her preface, 'a newly transformed, already terrifying century'. Most of these poems look back on her past from 'the viewpoint of a bewildered survivor facing up to the realities of time passing and beloved contemporaries dying'. In common with much of her work – and fittingly for this wide-ranging book of remembrance – she manages to maintain a tone that is serious without being funereal, acquiescent without indulging in confessional despair, keeping personal self-pity at bay with a characteristic detachment that can quietly slip into wit. The title-poem, while it owes a debt to Rilke, essentially expresses the poet's own long-considered belief that 'death naturally and rightly completes the cycle we recognise and accept as life'.

Publication Date : 27 February 2020

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About Poems

In this innovative series of public lectures at Newcastle University, leading contemporary poets speak about the craft and practice of poetry to audiences drawn from both the city and the university. The lectures are then published in book form by Bloodaxe, giving readers everywhere the opportunity to learn what the poets themselves think about their own subject.

Publication Date : 23 Mar 2017

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Books, 2016

In the Orchard

Hardback: 40 pages

Publisher: Enitharmon Press
(April 2016)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1910392839
ISBN-13: 978-1910392836

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The Poetry of Anne Stevenson by Ian Gordon

The Poetry of Anne Stevenson
By Ian Gordon

Published by Shoestring Press
(November 2016)

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