#TPQ5: PAULINE ROWE

Half-light Collected Poems of Frank Bidart

Because it contains all the work to date of one of the most important current American poets. Bidart is a genius and his difficult, dark work of existential struggle rewarding to any serious reader of poetry.

Paul Farley

He is true to his working class origins, writes as well about the natural world as the city. Is cinematic and a great writer of sound through radio plays and ‘nature’ poems; interesting film criticism and accessible contemporary writing on cultural matters.

Hermann Hesse

I am revisiting his work after many years. He brightened up a difficult adolescence in Widnes and gave me ideas about hope in life through writing.

Alice Oswald

Her poetry is captured from the air. It lifts the soul and ambitions to be a better human being.

D.H. Lawrence

He followed his voice and remained true to his calling. Lawrence’s poems are a record of struggle, true voice and serious engagement with the world and self.


Rowe is a Liverpool based writer who writes poetry. They’ve been Poet-in-Residence working in mental health settings with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust since 2013. Pamphlet ‘The Ghost Hospital’ was shortlisted in the 2020 Saboteur Awards.

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