In England, Jeremy Reed has emerged from the obscurity of small presses through a string of books with Jonathan Cape at the heart of the British literary scene. Yet Jeremy Reed remains and outsider, working in an imaginative post-surreal area, breaking barriers to reach the marvelous, in the face of the social realism that pervades British poetry and prose today.
"My only weapon is my eye," writes Jeremy Reed, aligning himself with other outlaw philosophers- with Bataille and Sade. His constantly invoked peers are the pantheon of undead poet-gudes: Rimbaud, Trakl, Artaud, Hart Crane. The poet masquerades as spectral rock star, cocksman, mutant.
This is one great poet- as great as the rebel peers he evokes. It is extraordinary that Jeremy Reed has never been discovered in America. This volume will serve to alert this part of the world to one of the most original virtuosos voices to be heard in the poetry of our fin de siecle.
"The most imaginatively gifted poet since Dylan Thomas." – Kathleen Raine
"Reed's poetry is full of rich and careful writing, dense with pleasure in words that pleasure the world and waken us to its lovely surprises." – Seamus Heaney
"The most outstanding poet of his generation." – David Gascoyne