Cindy Becker writes:
Head of Department Peter Robinson’s many and various contributions to contemporary poetry are celebrated in the latest issue of the Sheffield-based Blackbox Manifold. ‘Peter Robinson at Sixty’, edited by Adam Piette, contains a group of Peter’s early poems from the 1970s, and three recent, previously unpublished pieces. There is an interview with John Kerrigan, memoirs by Alison Blair-Underwood of the Cambridge Poetry Festival and Aidan Semmens of co-editing the magazine Perfect Bound, an account of commissioning the poem ‘Ekphrastic Marriage’ by Peter Swaab, and a selection of passages from the correspondence with Adam Clarke-Williams between 1977 and 1982. There are poems dedicated to Peter by Kate Behrens, Peter Carpenter, David Cooke, Tim Dooley, Roy Fisher, Isabel Galleymore, and three writers connected to the department: Adrian Blamires, Conor Carville, and Tom Phillips. The tribute is rounded off by a review of The Returning Sky (2012) by Ian Brinton.
For more information, see http://www.manifold.group.shef.ac.uk/index.html