The Revenant/Woman Police Officer in Elevator

Poems (1995)

“Brilliant. [Lasdun] seems to me certainly among the most gifted, vivid, and deft poets now writing in English, and far better than many who are more famous. His capacities are solidly established; his promise is nearly infinite.” Anthony Hecht

“As a field of concern for poetry, superabundance enables Lasdun to display his lavish poetic gifts” David Herd, Times Literary Supplement

“American readers who want to see rejuvenated form in untroubled action, giving brisk shape to contemporary and classical events, will find it in Lasdun.” Helen Vendler, New York Review of Books

“An expatriate everywhere, James Lasdun views the world with a keen and wondering eye. His beautifully wrought poems are imbued with the power of the uncanny: the familiar made fresh. Rich with revenants and volatile histories, leavened by wit, their sublime understanding transforms the facts and artifacts of contemporary culture.” Alice Fulton