Very Selected: Michael Schmidt


‘Vibrant, radiant… steeped in modernist tradition (Yeats and Eliot) and questingly new… a passionate discourse that is at once earthy and numinous’
John Ashberry

This Very Selected pamphlet brings together the best poetry by Michael Schmidt, as part of The Poetry Business’ Very Selected collection. 

A phrase of Dryden’s Virgil

Michael Schmidt

All was the night’s he wrote. All
Was the night’s. I cannot add
A word. i go
Along a gravel path
Between shrubs sick with rose scent
And on the pool a shimmering bough of starlight
Marks the easy entrance to the dark.

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Michael Schmidt is a poet, literary historian, editor and publisher. Born in Mexico in 1947, he studied at Harvard and Oxford, taught at the Universities of Manchester and Glasgow, and was writer in residence at St John’s College, Cambridge. He is a founder (1969) and editorial and managing director of Carcanet Press and a founder (1972) and general editor on PN Review. He received an O.B.E. for services to Poetry and Higher Education. His literary-historical books include Lives of the Poets, The First Poets and The Novel: A Biography.