Fleur Adcock


Black and white photo of a woman standing with her back against bookshelves and her elbow resting on the corner of a mantelpiece Fleur Adcock, by George Newson, 23 March 1990, NPG x35741, © George Newson. All rights reserved 2023 / Bridgeman Images

Poet, born in New Zealand. Author of ten books of poetry, her Poems 1960–2000, was published in 2000. In 1976, Adcock won a Cholmondeley Award and in 1996 Adcock received an OBE. She was awarded the Queen's Medal for Poetry in 2006.

They serve revolving saucer eyes, dishes of stars ...

From ‘The Ex-Queen among the Astronomers’ in Selected Poems (Oxford: OUP, 1983)

All we can do is wait and hope.
It’s been a sour season for fruit.

From ‘Summer in Bucharest’ in Looking Back (Oxford: OUP, 1997)