London: Longmans, Green and Co. LTD, 1965. Uncorrected Proof. Paperback. 62pp. Octavo [21.5cm]; illustrated wraps. Fine. Item #52475
Middleton was born in Truro, England in 1926. Douglas Dunn called him "One of the most scrupulous of British poets involved in following the innovations of modernism.” Also a renown translator, Middleton was awarded the prestigious Schlegel-Tieck Translation Prize in 1987.
On Middleton's poetry, Brian Swann commented in Library Journal: “Although its roots are in surrealism … and German Expressionism, Middleton’s poetry is unlike any other. He specializes in lively juxtapositions, incongruities of collage, the play of forms …Vistas recede in a number of poems into the prehistoric so we are aware of mysterious correlations.”
Middleton died in 2015. The originality of his poetry put him at odds with the poetic mainstream at the time in Brittain while helping shape the poetry which was to follow.