New and Selected Poems


Cliff Yates‘s New & Selected Poems brings together over thirty years of inimitable work, from his Fenton-Aldeburgh Prize debut, Henry’s Clock, to his most recent pamphlet, Another Last Word and beyond.  His poems are moving, surprising and funny, sometimes in the space of a few lines, and, gathered together wonderfully here, add up to an oblique but compelling document of lives and times.

Published July 2023.

‘These lucid and nimble poems effortlessly thread in and out of the quotidian, exuding a wry, wise vitality that is entirely their own’ – Scott Thurston

What Writers and Critics Think

  • Sometimes it’s like Ivor Cutler got sent to the New York School and expanded his aesthetic

    Kelvin Corcoran


‘Cliff Yates is one of my favourite poets, writing in an idiom I’d like to call “Skelmersdale Mystic/Domestic.” If he was in a band that band would produce hit singles that would linger in your head for years and if he was a greengrocer his vegetables would always be startling shapes. There’s childhood here, and love, and a way of seeing the world with the wrappers off that is, ultimately, Yatesian’ – Ian McMillan


Cliff Yates was born in Birmingham and grew up in Birmingham and Kidderminster. He left school at 16 for the printing factory and did various jobs before returning to full time education. In the 1970s he learnt Transcendental Meditation, and for many years he taught English in the Maharishi School.  His books have won the Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet competition and received the Fenton-Aldeburgh Prize as well as an Arts Council England Writers Award. A former RLF Fellow at Aston University and a hugely experienced teacher and writing tutor, he wrote Jumpstart Poetry in the Secondary School during his time as Poetry Society poet-in-residence following the success of his students in poetry competitions.

Additional information

Dimensions 21 × 13.8 × 0.6 cm

Book, eBook (ePub)


9781914914591, 9781914914607



Publication Year

July 2023