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An Almost Dancer (hardback edition)

Robert Nye


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An Almost Dancer sees Robert Nye return to the universal lyric themes of love, loss and mortality. But, as with all true poets, it is the craftsmanship that he brings to his subjects which lifts this collection out of the ordinary and the quotidian. What is bracing is the poet’s determination to get his words ‘just so’, to bring to the reader not just the satisfaction – and shock – of recognition but the wonder of seeing things anew. It includes some of Nye’s finest work to date.


About the author:

Robert Nye was born in London in 1939. He left school at the age of 16, at which time his first poems were published in The London Magazine. He lived for six years in a remote cottage in Wales, working on two collections of poems which won him a Gregory Award in 1963. An Arts Council bursary followed the publication of his third book of poems, Darker Ends (1969). He has prepared editions of other poets with whose work he feels an affinity: Sir Walter Ralegh, William Barnes and Laura Riding, and in 1976 he edited The Faber Book of Sonnets. His previous book from Greenwich Exchange, The Rain and the Glass: 99 Poems, New and Selected (2004), won the Cholmondeley Award in 2007. He has lived since 1977 near Cork in the Republic of Ireland. Twice married he has six children.


58  pages

ISBN: 978-1-906075-72-9

Greenwich Exchange Category: Poetry

Series: None



Other books by Robert Nye published by Greenwich Exchange:

The Rain and The Glass: 99 Poems, New and Selected

An Almost Dancer (paperback edition)




‘A poet of ideas, for whom philosophical enquiry and lyric merge into a single enterprise.’

John Burnside, The Scotsman


‘At his best, his work wears a curious permanence.’

Carol Ann Duffy, The Guardian


‘He is, in short, a real poet.’

Iain Crichton Smith