Christopher Reid

Poet, writer and cartoonist

A man with light skin tone standing next to a sculpture and looking at the camera Christopher Reid, by Jemimah Kuhfeld, April 2009, NPG x134345, © Jemimah Kuhfeld

Poet, writer and cartoonist. Collections include Arcadia, and A Scattering. Edited The Selected Letters of Ted Hughes for Faber and Faber.

It rains all evening — knives and forks.
The meteors drop by like corks.

From ‘The Gardeners’ in Arcadia (Oxford: OUP, 1979)

I pluck out phrases like stubborn teeth,
only to mislay them — and soon enough.

From ‘A Disaffected Old Man’ in The Penguin Book of Contemporary British Poetry (London: Penguin, 1982)