Jamie McKendrick

(b. 1955)

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(1955– ),

English poet, born in Liverpool. McKendrick, who taught in Italy, is drawn to the Mediterranean, where ‘the soul speaks Latin/ with a Gothic slur’. The Sirocco Room (1991) and The Kiosk on the Brink (1993) are pungent, sardonic, anxious books whose promise is fulfilled in The Marble Fly (1997) where meditations on art and history mingle with winningly bleak humour. Recent collections include Sky Nails: Poems 1979–1997 (2000) and Ink Stone (2003).

Subjects: Literature.

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