J. H. Prynne



H. Prynne was born in 1936 and is a leading late modernist poet. He was a key contributor to The English Intelligencer - a series of circulated works between poets based in Cambridge. He is the author of several collections of poetry and of books of critical and academic prose, including works on Saussure, Wordsworth and Shakespeare. He has also written poetry in classical Chinese under the name Pu Ling-en.

His linguistically innovative poetry includes Poems (1982), a collection of all the work he wanted to keep in print, including Kitchen Poems (1968). Poems was expanded and updated in 1999 and again in 2005. He has since published two further collections, To Pollen (2006) and STREAK --- WILLING --- ENTOURAGE ARTESIAN (2009).

J. H. Prynne is a Life Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.  In 2005 he retired from his teaching posts and as Director of Studies in English at the University, and retired as Librarian of Gonville and Caius College in 2006.


Field Notes: 'The Solitary Reaper' and others
To Pollen
Blue Slides at Rest
Biting the Air
Acrylic Tips
They That Haue Powre to Hurt
Unanswering Rational Shore
Pearls That Were
Red D Gypsum
For the Monogram
Her Weasels Wild Returning
Stars, Tigers and the Shape of Words
Word Order
Bands Around the Throat
The Oval Window
Down Where Changed
News of Warring Clans
High Pink on Chrome
Wound Response
Into the Day
A Night Square
Fire Lizard
The White Stones
Kitchen Poems
Day Light Songs
Force of Circumstance and other poetry