The mysterious complicity that exists between the living and the dead is the subject of these poems, in which Peter Redgrove winds inner and outer worlds closer and closer together. In a number of autobiographical poems, he both recalls and re-imagines his late parents exploring the vast potential of our life now and the possible varieties of an afterlife. Redgrove has won both the Prix Italia and the "Guardian" Fiction Prize.
Peter Redgrove was born in 1932. Apart from producing over thirty full-length collections of poetry he also wrote novels, plays and non-fiction - including The Wise Wound with Penelope Shuttle. Among the many awards he has received are the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Prix Italia and the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry; and his collection In the Hall of the Saurians was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize for Poetry. He received an honorary degree from the University of Sheffield, which holds an archive of the poet's papers. He died in 2003. A posthumous collection, The Harper, was published in 2006.