Biography of John Fuller
John Fuller is an English poet and author, and Fellow Emeritus at Magdalen College, Oxford.
Fuller was born in Ashford, Kent, England, the son of poet and Oxford Professor Roy Fuller, and educated at St Paul's School and New College, Oxford. He began teaching in 1962 at the State University of New York, then continued at the University of Manchester. From 1966-2002 he was a Fellow and tutor of Magdalen College, Oxford; he is now Fellow Emeritus.
He has published 15 collections of poetry, including Stones and Fires (1996), Now and for a Time (2002) and the recent Song and Dance (2008). Chatto and Windus published a Collected Poems in 1996. His novel Flying to Nowhere (1983), a historical fantasy, won the Whitbread First Novel Award, and was nominated for the Booker Prize. In 1996 he won the Forward Prize for Stones and Fires and in 2006 the Michael Braude Award for Light Verse. He has also written collections of short stories and several books for children. His poem Ship of Sounds, illustrated with a wood engraving by the artist Garrick Palmer, was published in 1981 in an edition of 130 by Gruffyground Press.
In 1968, John Fuller established the Sycamore Press, which he ran from his garage. The Sycamore Press published some of the most influential and critically acclaimed poets of the latter half of the twentieth century, such as W. H. Auden, Philip Larkin and Peter Porter. In addition to these established authors, the Press sought to promote younger poets, many of whom have gone on to achieve great success. The Sycamore Press ceased operations in 1992, and is an excellent example of a British small press, publishing for motives other than profit. John Fuller and the Sycamore Press (Bodleian Library, 2010) includes an interview with John Fuller and personal reflections by Sycamore Press authors about Fuller, the press and the works it produced. The book also includes a bibliography of the pamphlets and broadsides Fuller produced.
John Fuller is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
John Fuller's Works:
Fairground Music (1961)
The Tree that Walked (1967)
Cannibals and Missionaries
Epistles to Several Persons
The Mountain and the Sea
Lies and Secrets
Waiting for the Music
The Beautiful Inventions
Selected Poems 1954 to 1982
Partingtime Hall (with James Fenton)
The Grey Among the Green
The Mechanical Body
Stones and Fires (1996)
Now and for a Time (2002)
The Solitary Life (Clutag Press, 2005)
The Space of Joy (2006)
Song and Dance (2008)
Flying to Nowhere
The Adventures of Speedfall
Tell It Me Again
The Burning Boys
The Worm and the Star
A Skin Diary
The Memoirs of Laetitia Horsepole
A Reader's Guide to W.H. Auden (1970)
Who is Ozymandias? and other puzzles in poetry (2011)
Herod Do Your Worst (1968)
Squeaking Crust (1970)
The Spider Monkey Uncle King
The Last Bid
The Extraordinary Wool Mill and other stories
Come Aboard and Sail Away
The Chatto Book of Love Poetry
The Dramatic Works of John Gay
The Oxford Book of Sonnets
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John Fuller Poems
The things about you I appreciate may seem indelicate: I’d like to find you in the shower And chase the soap for half an hour. I’d like to have you in my power and see you eyes dilate.
Concerto for Double Bass
He is a drunk leaning companionably Around a lamp post or doing up With intermittent concentration Another drunk's coat.
The butterfly, alive inside a box, Beats with its powdered wings in soundless knocks And wishes polythene were hollyhocks.
Be careful not to crush This scalloped tenement: Who knows what secrets Winter has failed to find
To James Fenton
The poet’s duties: no need to stress The subject’s dullness, nonetheless Here’s an incestuous address In Robert Burns’ style
From the beginning, the egg cradled in pebbles, The drive thick with fledglings, to the known last Riot of the senses, is only a short pass.
Bedfordshire A blue bird showing off its undercarriage En route between our oldest universities
You don’t listen to what I say. When I lean towards you in the car You simply smile and turn away.
Synopsis for a German Novella
The Doctor is glimpsed among his mulberry trees. The dark fruits disfigure the sward like contusions. He is at once aloof, timid, intolerant Of all banalities of village life,
God Bless America
When they confess that they have lost the penial bone and outer space is Once again a numinous void, when they’re kept out of Other Places,
Father’s opinion of savages And dogs, a gay Bloomsbury epigram: ‘The brutes may possibly have souls,’ he says, ‘But reason, no. Nevertheless, I am
Heureux ceux qui ont la clim—Corse-Matin (6.8.94) Heureux ceux qui ont la clim Pendant la grande canicule.
An Exchange between the Fingers and the ...
Fingers: Cramped, you are hardly anything but fidgets. We, active, differentiate the digits: Whilst you are merely little toe and big
All the Members of My Tribe Are Liars
Think of a self-effacing missionary Tending the vices of a problem tribe. He knows the quickest cure for beri-beri And how to take a bribe.
Be careful not to crush
This scalloped tenement:
Who knows what secrets
Winter has failed to find
Within its paper walls?
It is the universe
Looking entirely inwards,
A hanging lantern