In the thirties, forties and fifties ‘Poetry London’ was the leading forum for artists and poets such as T. S. Eliot, DylanThomas, Lawrence Durrell and George Orwell among its many contributors and supporters. In this volume, the last publication made by the magazine’s founder and original editor Tambimuttu, is a collection of work from the new vanguard.
Meary James Thurairajah Tambimuttu (universally known as Tambi) founded Poetry London in 1939, which was controversial from the start. Attracting both enthusiasm and fury, some of the publications were lavish productions which are admired to this day, using the talents of leading artists such as Henry Moore, Gerald Wilde and Graham Sutherland.
It is the only Poetry London that I can consistently expect to find new poets who matter.
… the book achieves the rare feat of sign-posting the significance of past experiments, while allowing some space to those of the present.