Anne Stevenson: Black Grate Poems

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Black Grate Poems, Inky Parrot Press, Oxford, 1984, is a collection of fifteen poems by Anne Stevenson, illustrated with drawings by Annie Newnham. The thirty-two-page book is beautifully produced in an individually numbered and signed, limited edition of one hundred and sixty hardback copies in slipcases and two hundred copies paperbound. In a brief introduction Stevenson says that, in the summer of 1983, she and Michael Farley [her husband] “sold our large house in urban Sunderland and moved to a four-room terraced cottage in the pit village of Langley Park, County Durham”. She dedicates the poems collected here to “Paul Winstanley [a novelist and short-story writer from whom she bought the cottage] and the former …

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Gordon, Ian. "Black Grate Poems". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 March 2011
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