Teacher, musician and poet. Born in Handsworth, Birmingham and educated at the local Grammar School before taking a degree at Birmingham University. He was Head of English and Drama at Bordesley College of Education from 1963 until 1971 then went on to join the Department of American Studies at the University of Keele, Staffordshire, where he stayed until 1982. He then worked as a freelance writer and played in a jazz band.
Roy Fisher's style in poetry showed the influence of the Black Mountain School, emanating from the college in North Carolina in the early 1950's. The key feature of this writing was to conduct energy from the poet to the reader. Despite this American influence, Roy Fisher's poetry, although out of step with other British poetry of the era, retains an essential English quality drawing upon the Midlands landscape he knew so well.
The following works are available in the West Midlands Creative Literature Collection:-
Collected poems 1968 (1969)
The cut pages (1971)
The memorial fountain (1967)
Nineteen poems and an interview
Poems 1955-1980 (1981)
The ship's orchestra (1966)
Talks for words
Ten interiors with various figures (1967)
Thing about Joe Sullivan: poems 1971-1977
Three early pieces
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