Michael Horovitz Needs You. Updated


Under threat of being pulped by a leading UK book distributor, a mass of unsold copies of A NEW WASTE LAND, Michael Horovitz’s magnum opus, are in desperate need of raising & securing funds for a safely conditioned London-based storage space for these books & their companions, published in more generous times. At the present time 500 or so square feet are required, plus practical working space around that. Horovitz, dubbed by Martin Amis “a transmedial crusader”, is one of this and the last century’s leading poets, the link between the American Beats of the 50s, the 60s counterculture, and the constantly developing British traditions and practices that have developed since, and which the IT community treasures and extends. His New Departures Publications & Poetry Olympics Festivals have been among the quintessential publishers and promoters of new poetry & heterodox experiment in this country, so the preservation of this cultural movement is vital. IT asks its readership for assistance in both enquiring about space and/or facilities, along with the possible securing of funds or sponsorship. A working studio space in North, West or Central London would be the ideal outcome to maintain the continuity of this crucial work and body of voices. If you or any associates know of potentially suitable solutions, please contact Michael Horovitz at: [email protected] OR 020 7229 7850.

Michael Horovitz.  Photo by John Hoppy Hopkins


Portrait of Michael Horovitz by David Hockney, 1980

‘The Saxman Cometh’, painting by Michael Horovitz


Search – List of Books by Michael Horovitz

Michael Horovitz (born 1935) is an English poet, artist and translator, educated at Brasenose College, Oxford.

Though initially associated with the British Poetry Revival, Horovitz became widely known on his appearance at the International Poetry Incarnation at the Royal Albert Hall on June 11 1965, alongside Allen Ginsberg and Alexander Trocchi. In 1959 he founded the New Departures anthologies whilst still an undergrad, publishing Samuel Beckett, William Burroughs, Stevie Smith, Kathleen Raine, Langston Hughes, John Cage, et al. In 1969 he edited Children of Albion Poetry of the Underground in Britain for Penguin Books. And some of his most popular poems – ‘For Modern Man’, ‘A Postcard From Ireland’, ’Sea’s Cape’ – brought him to more public prominence, as did his pioneering of Jazz Poetry SuperJams, alongside many of the then adventuresome early British Beboppers including Ronnie Scott, Annie Whitehead and Stan Tracey, & also producing the first European appearance by Ornette Coleman’s band in Fairfield Hall, Croydon.

In 1971 he published the flamboyant The Wolverhampton Wanderer (An Epic of Britannia, In Twelve Books’), dedicated ‘for Poetry United’!, with an original dustjacket by Peter Blake etc as beforeAn Epic of Britannia. In Twelve Books. With a Resurrection & a Life for Poetry United, with an original dustjacket by Peter Blake. The book is a quintessentially English collection of British artists of the period with illustrations and photographs by Michael Tyzack, Peter Blake, Adrian Henri,  Patrick Hughes, Gabi Nasemann, Michael Horovitz, Paul Kaplan, John Furnival, Bob Godfrey, Pete Morgan, Jeff Nuttall & David Hockney. . It is a visual and literary elegy to the culture surrounding association football up to the 1960s, celebrating not only Wolves and its supporters, but also Arsenal, Spurs, and legendary teams from the North.

Growing Up: Selected Poems and Pictures, 1951-’79 was published by Allison & Busby in 1979. He has run the Poetry Olympics at numerous venues including the Albert Hall and Westminster Abbey since 1980 and elsewhere the world over, and recently published A New Waste Land.

Horovitz is, alongside with that of Beat exemplar par excellence Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Tom Pickard and Joyce Johnson, one of the last living links to the Beat poets and their milieu.

He was married to the English poet Frances Horovitz (1938-83); their son Adam (b. 1971) is also a poet.

Horovitz recently curated an event at the Portobello Film Festival 2009 entitled ‘The Beat Goes On’, the first of a two-part event. The second was curated by Lee Harris & River Styx .

In August 2010 Horovitz contributed to an eBook collection of political poems entitled Emergency Verse – Poetry in Defence of the Welfare State edited by Alan Morrison.

Horovitz stood for election for the Oxford Professor of Poetry in 2010, but came second to Geoffrey Hill.

This author page uses material from the Wikipedia article “Michael Horovitz”, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0

A New Waste Land Timeship Earth at Nillennium
2007A New Waste Land Timeship Earth at Nillennium (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780902689268
ISBN-10: 0902689266


New Waste Land
2007New Waste Land (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781906061098
ISBN-10: 1906061092



Wordsounds and Sightlines New and Selected Poems
1994Wordsounds and Sightlines New and Selected Poems (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780902689206
ISBN-10: 0902689207
Genre: Literature & Fiction



Midsummer Morning Jog Log
1986Midsummer Morning Jog Log (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780950460680
ISBN-10: 0950460680



Wolverhampton Wanderer
1971Wolverhampton Wanderer (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780901539151
ISBN-10: 0901539155



Love Poems
1971Love Poems (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780902689039
ISBN-10: 0902689037



Love Poems
1971Love Poems (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780902689046
ISBN-10: 0902689045



Children of Albion poetry of the 'Underground' in Britain
Children of Albion Poetry of the ‘underground’ in Britain [The Penguin poets, D116] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780140421163
ISBN-10: 0140421165
Genre: Literature & Fiction



Growing Up Selected Poems and Pictures 1951-79
Growing Up Selected Poems and Pictures 1951-79 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780850312331
ISBN-10: 0850312337



A New Waste Land Timeship Earth at Nillennium
A New Waste Land Timeship Earth at Nillennium (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780902689183
ISBN-10: 0902689185
Genre: Literature & Fiction



Midsummer Morning Jog Log
Midsummer Morning Jog Log (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780950460673
ISBN-10: 0950460672



Wordsounds and Sightlines New and Selected Poems (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781856194648
ISBN-10: 1856194647
Genre: Literature & Fiction





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