Mark Ford (b. 1962 Nairobi, Kenya) is a British poet.
He went to school in London, and attended Oxford University and, as a Kennedy Scholar, Harvard University. He studied for his doctorate at Oxford University on the poetry of John Ashbery, and has published widely on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American writing, including on Raymond Roussel. From 1991-1993 he was Visiting Lecturer at Kyoto University in Japan.
He is Professor of English in the Department of English Language and Literature at University College London.
He is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, and the London Review of Books.
Helen Vendler compared him with John Ashbery.
- Landlocked (Chatto & Windus, 1992; 1998)
- Soft Sift (Faber & Faber, 2001/Harcourt Brace, 2003).
- Six Children (Faber & Faber, 2011).
- Selected Poems (Coffee House Press, 2014)
- A Driftwood Altar (Waywiser Press, 2006).
- Mr and Mrs Stevens and Other Essays (Peter Lang, 2011).
- New Chatto Poets: Number Two (Chatto & Windus, 1989).
- London: A History in Verse (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2012).
- Raymond Roussel and the Republic of Dreams (Faber & Faber, 2001).
- New Impressions of Africa (Princeton University Press, 2011).
- Something we have that they don't: British & American poetic relations since 1925 (University of Iowa Press, 2004).