George Szirtes

Poet and translator

A man with light skin tone sits on a chair in front of a window; next to him a cat sits on a table looking out of the window George Szirtes, by Jemimah Kuhfeld, June 2008, NPG x133080, © Jemimah Kuhfeld

Hungarian-born British Poet and translator. Collections include The Slant Door and Reel, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry.

As if the past could swallow everything
and leave the world in darkness, blundering
about the courtyards! ...

From ‘The Courtyards’ in The Photographer in Winter (London: Secker & Warburg, 1986)

Public transport has been stitching together
The unfinished business of old Europe.

From ‘Ghost Train’ in Selected Poems 1976-1996 (Oxford: OUP, 1996)