Tom Raworth

Raworth portrait Tom Raworth was born and grew up in London. During the 1970s he traveled and worked in the United states and Mexico, returning to England in 1977 to be Resident Poet at King's College, Cambridge, in which city he still lives. Since 1966 he has published more than 40 books and pamphlets of poetry, prose and translations, in several countries. His graphic work has been shown in France, Italy, and the United States, and he has collaborated and performed with musicians (Steve Lacy, Joëlle Léandre, Steve Nelson-Raney, Esther Roth, Nino Locatelli), painters (Giovanni D'Agostino, Micaëla Henich), and other poets (Franco Beltrametti, Corrado Costa, Dario Villa). In 1991 he was invited to teach at the University of Cape Town: the first European writer to visit there for thirty years.

Awards/Honors: Alice Hunt Bartlett Prize, 1969, for The Relation Ship; Arts Council grant, 1970 and 1972; Cholmondeley Award, 1972.

CV on Raworth's own web site

See Also Some Books: A Visual Selection



Ace, Cape Goliard Press, 1974, The Figures Press, 1977.
Act, Trigram Press, 1973.
Clean & 
 Well Lit All Fours. London : Microbrigade, c1991.
Back to Nature, Joe DiMaggio Press, 1973.
The Big Green Day, Trigram Press, 1968.
Blue Screen. Cambridge : Equipage, 1992.
Bolivia: Another End of Ace, Secret Books, 1974.
Catacoustics. Cambridge : Street Editions, 1991.
Clean & Well Lit: Selected Poems, 1987-1995. New York : Roof Books, c1996.
Cloister, Sand Project Press, 1975.
Collected Poems, Carcanet, 2003.
Common Sense, Zephyrus Image, 1976.
Continuation, (Poster) Goliard Press, 1966.
Emptily. Drawings by Suzanne McClelland. Great Barrington, MA : The Figures, 1994.
Energy Gap. (Chicago, Ill.) : Ommation Press, c1976.
Eternal Sections. Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press, 1993.
Firewall. Etruscan Books, 1997. (With Bill Griffith and Tom Leonard.)
Four Door Guide, Street Editions, 1979.
Frames. Giona Editions, 1995.
From Eternal Sections. Hardpressed Poetry, 1990.
Haiku, Trigram Press, 1968. (With John Esam and Anselm Hollo.)
A Serial Biography

Heavy Light, Transgravity Press, 1979.
Here, privately printed, 1973.
An Interesting Picture of Ohio, privately printed, 1973.
Lazy Left Hand: Notes from 1970-1975, Actual Size, 1986.
Levre de Poche, Bull City Press, 1983.
Lion, Lion, Trigram Press, 1970.
The Mask, Poltroon Press, 1976.
Meadow, Post-Apllo Press, 1999
Moving, Grossman, 1971.
Muted Hawks. Poltroon, Press, 1995. Nicht Wahr, Rosie?: Miscellaneous Poems 1964-1969, Poltroon Press, 1979.
Penguin Modern Poets 19, Penguin, 1971. (With John Ashbery and Lee Harwood.)
Pleasant Butter, Sand Project Press, 1972.
The Relation Ship, Goliard Press, 1967, Cape Goliard/Grossman, 1969.
Sentenced He Gives a Shape. La Laguna : Zasterle Press, c1989.
Survival. Cambridge : Equipage, 1994.

Silent Rows. The Figures, 1995.
Sky Tails, Lobby Press, 1978.
Survival. Equipage, 1994.
Tottering State That More Simple Natural Time Tone Distortion, University of Connecticut Library, 1975.
The Mosquito and the Moon. Billets de Correspondance, 1994.
Time Being, Blue Chair, 1972. (With Asa Benveniste and Ray DiPalma)
Tottering State: Selected and New Poems 1963-1983, The Figures, 1984,
        expanded edition: Tottering State: Selected Poems 1963-1987, Paladin Books, 1988;
        O Books edition, 2000
Tracking, Doones Press, 1972.
Tractor Parts,(Broadside), Spectacular Diseases, 1984.
Twenty-Five Poems and One Picture. London : Nipping Press, 1990.
The Vein. The Figures, 1992.
Visible Shivers, O Books, 1987.
Weapon Man, (Broadside), Goliard Press, 1965.
Writing, The Figures, 1982.

Translations In . . .

Con Cuba: An Anthology of Contemporary Cuban Poetry, Cape Goliard, 1969.
From the Hungarian, privately printed, 1973. (With wife, Valarie Raworth)
The Penguin Book of Latin-American Verse, Penguin, 1971.
Third World Political Documents, John Gerassi, editor, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1971.


Betrayal. Trigram Press, 1967.
Logbook, Poltroon Press, 1977.
The Minicab War (parodies), Matrix Press, 1961. (With Anselm Hollo and Gregory Corso)
A Serial Biography, Fulcrum Press, 1969; Turtle Island, 1979.
Sic Him Oltorf! (Broadside), Zephyrus Image, 1974.

Work also appears on the record Little Trace Remains of Emmett Miller, Stream Records, 1969, and the audiocassettes 34 Minutes, V, 1986, and Big Slippers On, Solo Ko, 1993.

Screenplay: A Plague on Both Your Houses, 1996.

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