More About GB’s Poetry


Since 1966, GB has published a number of both shorter and longer poems, notably 'Hiroshima' (1966), 'Juggernaut' (Anvil, 1968), 'A New Thing Breathing' (including the long poem 'Person') (Anvil, 1969), 'Anhaga' (Translations from Anglo-Saxon verse) (Anvil, 1972), 'Eirenikon' (Anvil, 1972), 'Gleeman' (1972), 'Isles' (Excerpts from 'Christ') (1974), and 'Dragons' (Anvil, 1980).


His poems have appeared in The Spectator, the Poetry Review, New Measure (Oxford), Second Aeon (Wales), Orbis (Yorkshire), The New Welsh Review, Acumen and many other magazines. His work has also appeared in '23 Modern British Poets' (U.S.A., 1971), 'The Oxford Book of 20th Century English Verse' (1973), 'The Faber Book of 20th Century Verse' (1975), the 'P.E.N. Anthology of Poetry' (1976-77), and in Anvil's 30th Anniversary Anthology 'The Spaces of Hope' (1998).


GB's poetry deals mainly with the predicament of man in the modern world and reveals his deep love of and sympathy for his fellow men. His uses of imagery and sound are strikingly original and often provocative and outlandish.


British poet Kevin Crossley-Holland wrote that GB "is not afraid to think big, to stick out his neck, and to write of man's fragile vanity." Sir Maurice Bowra wrote of GB: "I am considerably impressed...he is undeniably a notable poet". A review in Tribune: "He communicates energy: his poems have compelling mythopoeic unity, yet they never seem to be ends-in-themselves." Nevill Coghill wrote of GB: "Big poems are rare; when a man is big enough to write one, we should be big enough to print it." The late British poet John Heath-Stubbs wrote in 1966 of GB's 'Christ' : "This is certainly the most important poem by a young poet to appear for a number of years. He is, if you like, something of a barbarian, arrogant, a mad visionary. Above all he writes like a dedicated poet."

Published Works Since 1966