Barry Tebb

(1942 / West Yorkshire / UK)

Biography of Barry Tebb

Barry Tebb is an English poet, publisher and author. He was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire in 1942.
His poetry was first published by Alan Tarling's 'Poet and Printer Press' in the sixties, along with Ted Hughes, Michael Longley and Iain Crichton Smith. His first collection was praised by John Carey in the New Statesman and his work was included in the Penguin anthology Children of Albion: Poetry of the Underground in Britain.
After a twenty-year writer's block he began to write again in 1990. Appalled by the state of poetry publishing he founded Sixties Press in 1993 which has published over forty books and pamphlets.

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‘Leeds welcomes you' in flowers
Garlanding the white stuccoed tower
Of City Station: red on green
As poetry's demon seizes me,
Upending all ordures of order.
‘Haworth Moor, Haworth Moor'
Echoes and re-echoes under the Dark Arches
Where the Aire gurgles and swirls
In eddies of Jack the Ripper, cloud-hopping

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