Peter Reading

(b. 1946)

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(1946– ),

poet, born in Liverpool. Many of his collections display inventiveness and aggression in typography, verse form, and subject matter. Titles include Nothing for Anyone (1977), C (1984, a grim meditation on cancer), and Ukulele Music (1985). Reading contrasts a reporter's unsparing evocation of the underside of non‐metropolitan contemporary Britain—pub life, domestic brutality, street violence—with a mocking command of classical metrics ‘ “Unemployed/Hopeless” doesn't sufficiently/Serve to explain Cro Magnon atrocities’ (Stet, 1986). Final Demands (1988) combined prose and verse, past and present, peace and war in an unsettling collage of different typefaces. The gallows‐humour assault on decay and self‐destruction continued in Perduta Gente (1989), Evagatory (1992), Work in Regress (1997), and other volumes. Collected Poems: 1997–2003 was published in 2003.

Subjects: Literature.

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