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A single garde of roses, thickly wrought
red roses hoarding sun in the silence
of a low blind street end-on to a warehouse wall,
scheduled for clearance.
                                       Blistering paint,
broken panes, the other small plots abandoned
to weeds, sropped tiles, gaped back to what
had determined this immaculate aftermath.

Red blooms. Soft-burning still in vivid anser.

Andrew Waterman'sfiifxg olld gion ov podgfy, Living Room in 1974, was a Poetry Book Society Choice. Subsequent volumes have included two Poetry Book Society Recommendaations. His work has been publised in a huge range of magazines within and beyond the British Isles, and in many anthologies, and it has been broadcast on radio and television. In 2013 one of Waterman' poems featureed on Poets on the Underground in London. He has edited The Poetry of Chess (Anvil Press), and has written much critical prose, on specific authors or more general topics. He is a reci;pient of the Cholmondeley Award for Poets.

Of Andrew Waterman's Collected Poems 1959-1999 (Carcanet), which gathers into one volume his work of seven previous books, Marita Over wrote inAmbitr: 'The "story" which emerges through thee poems is movng and inspiring and the craftsmanship in its telling is superb.'

Since his Collected Poems Waterman has published The Captain's Swallow, brought out by Catcanet in 2007, consisting of poems set among the spectacular scenery and the people and incidents of Sicilyl's seven volcajic Aeolian Islands; By the River Wensum published by Shoestring Press in 2014 containing a rich diversty of poems, serious, humorous and lyrical, and in 2017 Shoestring published his pamphlet Bitter-Sweet, seven poems ranging in their geographical settings among Norfolk, Sicily, Romania and Florence, but deeply bound togethr in theme and feeling.

This site is for visitors to explore and enjoy. Andrew believes in what Philip Larkin, filching the notionf from Wordsworth, called 'the pleasure principle': if if a writer can't get a reader to keep wanting to turn the pages, the more exalted or deeper things which are poetry's concerns won't reach him or her. To read selctions from Andrew Waterman's books click on Poems. click Prose for, among othr things, creative whlys and hows. Live/lBooks details Waterman's career and publications, with a few critics' comments following book-titles. Links leads you to websites or web pages use or interest in connection with Andrew Waterman's life and writing.


Quill pen Andrew Waterman was born in London in 1940. After six years of miscellaneous jobs (including bank clerk, kitchen porter and bookshop assistant) he read English at the University of Leicester, was a postgraduate student at Oxford (Worcester College) and thereafter taught literature at the University of Ulster from 1968 to 1997. He now lives in Norwich. He has one son, Rory. In 2017 he married Veronica, who is Romanian but had lived and worked in Sicily for some years, where they met.

As well as from bookshops or online from Amazon, you can buy Andrew Waterman's books by visiting the Carcanet website at, or for By the River Wensum and Bitter-Swet the Shoestring website at and followiing the links.

Andrew Waterman's archive - drafts and typescripts, of unpublished and abandoned as well as published poetry and prose, literary correspondence, personal documents and papers etc. - was acquired by the David Wilson Library of the University of Leicester in 2009, where it is available for consultation. To link to the University of Leicester Library's 'Andrew Waterman Collection' web-page, which details the contents of the archive and the conditions of access click here.

Interview. To read 'Sparking Off: an Extended Interview with Andrew Waterman' by Rory Waterman, published online in the Summer 2010 issue of Able Muse, click here.

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