Jon Silkin

Biography

Poetry (in chronological order):

The Portrait and Other Poems, 1950

The Peaceable Kingdom, 1954

The Two Freedoms, 1958

The Re-ordering of the Stones, 1961

Flower Poems, 1964

Nature with Man, 1965

Poems New and Selected, 1966

Three Poems, 1969

Vernon Watkins and Jon Silkin: Poems, 1969

Pergamon Poets 8, with Vernon Scannell, edited by Dennis Butts, 1970

Amana Grass, 1971

Killhope Wheel, 1971

Caring for Animals, 1972

Air That Pricks Earth, 1973

South Africa’s Bird of Paradise Flower, 1974

The Principle of Water, 1974

A”Jarapiri” Poem, 1975

The Little Time-Keeper, 1976

Two Images of Continuing Trouble, 1976

Jerusalem, 1977

Into Praising, 1978

The Lapidary Poems, 1979

The Psalms with Their Spoils, 1980

Selected Poems, 1980; enlarged edition, 1988, 1993

Autobiographical Stanzas, 1984

Footsteps on a Downcast Path, 1984

The Ship’s Pasture, 1986

The Lens-Breakers, 1992

Watersmeet, 1994

Testament without Breath, 1998

Readings about Silkin:

Abley, Mark, “The Hand That Erases”, Oxford Literary Journal(Spring 1977)

Baker, William, “Reflections on Anglo-Jewish Poetry”, Jewish Quarterly (Autumn–Winter 1978–79)

Brown, Merle E., “Stress in Silkin’s Poetry and the Healing Emptiness of America”, Contemporary Literature, 18 (Summer 1977)

Brown, Merle E., Double Lyric: Divisiveness and Communal Creativity in Recent English Poetry, London: Routledge, and New York: Columbia University Press, 1980

Cluysenaar, Anne, “Alone in a Mine of Reality: A Matrix in the Poetry of Jon Silkin” in British Poetry since 1960, edited by Michael Schmidt and Grevel Lindop, Oxford: Carcanet, 1972

Fuller, John, London Magazine (October 1966)

Halter, Aloma, “Poetry and Poezak”, Jerusalem Post Magazine (15 May 1987)

Hill, Geoffrey, “The Poetry of Jon Silkin”, Poetry and Audience,2(1962)

Glover, Jon, “Jon Silkin: The Voice in the Peaceable Kingdom”,Bananas (20 April 1980)

Glover, Jon, “Jon Silkin at Sixty: ‘But Why?’”, Stand, 32/1 (1990)

“John Silkin: A Bibliography”, Poetry Review, 69(1980): 75–76

Klein, Holger, “Jon Silkin’s ‘The Coldness’”, Stand, 27/3 (1986)

Meiners, R.K., “Mourning for Ourselves and for Poetry: The Lyric after Auschwitz”, Centennial Review, 35/3 (Autumn 1991)

O’Donoghue, Bernard, “Death of a Moth”, Times LiterarySupplement (4 August 1992)

Parry, Lloyd, “Interview with a Committed Individual”, Isis,1(1989)

Relich, Mario, “The Struggle against Brutality”, Lines (September 1988)

Sail, Lawrence, “Conflict and Calm: A Reading of Two of the FlowerPoems”, Poetry Review, 69(1980)

Schmidt, Michael, An Introduction to Fifty Modern British Poets,London: Pan, 1979

Sicher, Efraim, Beyond Marginality: Anglo-Jewish Literature after the Holocaust, Albany: State University of New York Press, 1985

Silkin, Jon, “The First Twenty-Four Years” in Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series, vol. 5, Detroit: Gale, 1987

Times Literary Supplement (19 July 1976)

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