'Ralph Hawkins' poems always give the impression of turning up late and being drunk when they do arrive. They minimize the gap of 'constructive effort' between the basic seeking of pleasure and pleasurable sensations, and the 'mediated' pleasure of the poem' - Andrew Duncan.
Ralph Hawkins has been writing poetry since the late 1970s when he was one of a number of radical poets gathered at the University of Essex. He now lives on the Essex coast at Brightlingsea. Of many publications the more substantial are Tell Me No More and Tell Me (Grosseteste 1981), At Last Away (Galloping Dog Press 1988), The Coiling Dragon... (Equipage), and The MOON, The Chief Hairdresser (highlights) (Shearsman Books, 2004).