Charles Tomlinson (1927-2015)

Poet; Professor of English, University of Bristol

Poet, artist and professor of English. In addition to his own published works, edited The Oxford Book of Verse in English Translation.


a lean stiletto-shard
tapering to its tip

From ‘The Blade’ in Annunciations (Oxford: OUP, 1989)


Silk scarves of flame
wind from the coals
liquidly leaping them to and fro

From ‘Fire and Air’ in Poetry Review 88.3 (Autumn 1998)

(Alfred) Charles Tomlinson (1927-2015)
by Norman McBeath
bromide fibre print, 22 May 2003
NPG x126409
© Norman McBeath / National Portrait Gallery, London