Pacts and Conjurations
New and Selected Poems 1982-2004
by Robin Hamilton
192pp Paperback Perfect Bound
Published December 2005
£10.75 post free in UK.
Robin Hamilton was born in Ayrshire in 1947 and moved at an early age to Glasgow, where he spent his formative years. He became one of a powerful group of writers, including Liz Lochead, Tom Leonard, Aonghas MacNeacail, Alasdair Gray, James Kelman and Stephen Mulrine, who emerged there in the middle sixties. In the mid-seventies, Robin was the recipient of an Eric Gregory award. Formerly a lecturer at Loughborough University, he took early retirement and still lives in Loughborough surrounded by his books. He also has a bonsai, and ex-wife and two grown-up children.
Robin is a vital and disturbing love poet and a bitter analyst of the human condition, at once accessible and demanding but with a leavening of subtle wit.
This collection brings together most of his work from 1982 onwards and also a few poems from his previous book: The Lost Jockey: Collected Poems 1966-1982 published by The Hunting Raven Press / Bran's Head Books in 1985. Robin has been widely published in magazines and small press pamphlets in both Britain and the U.S.A.
Cover image: The Great Maskelyne © Mary Byrne 2005
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