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Collected Poems: There are Words / Turnbull, Gael ; Finlay IH ; Fisher R ; Creeley R ; Christie J., 2006

Identifier: CC-46968-49706

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Scope and Contents

Gael Turnbull (7 April 1928 - 2 July 2004) was a Scottish poet who was an important precursor of the British Poetry Revival. Turnbull was born in Edinburgh and grew up in the North of England and in Canada. He studied Natural Science at Cambridge University and graduated in Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania in 1951. In 1957, Turnbull started Migrant Press, one of the first British-run presses to focus on poets in the modernist tradition. His work was featured in the groundbreaking Revival anthology Children of Albion: Poetry of the Underground in Britain (1969). His own books include A Gathering of Poems 1950-1980 (1983) and Rattle of Scree: Poems (1997). He was also published in the anthologies The New British Poetry (1988), Other: British and Irish Poetry since 1970 (1999) and Anthology of Twentieth-Century British and Irish Poetry (2001). He returned to Edinburgh in the early 1990s. In this city, he worked on what he termed kinetic poems; texts for installation in which the movement of the reader and/or of the text became part of the reading experience. He died on a visit to Herefordshire of a sudden brain haemorrhage. "Collected poems covers his work from its beginnings in the late 1940's, all the way up to some poems from the last year of his life. It also describes various aspects of his writing career. In "Gathering of Poems" (1983), some poems are reminiscent of John Giorno's performance poems. The cover was designed by John Christie, -- Source of annotation: Marvin or Ruth Sackner.


  • Creation: 2006



0 See container summary (1 soft cover book (495 pages)) ; 22.8 x 15 x 2.9 cm

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Physical Location

shelf near port

Custodial History

The Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, on loan from Ruth and Marvin A. Sackner and the Sackner Family Partnership.


Published: Exeter, England : Shearsman Books. Nationality of creator: Scottish. General: Added by: MARVIN; updated by: RED.

Repository Details

Part of the The Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry Repository

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