Frances Horovitz

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Frances Horovitz
Born (1938-02-13)13 February 1938
London, England
Died 2 October 1983(1983-10-02) (aged 45)
Occupation poet, broadcaster
Spouse Michael Horovitz
Roger Garfitt
Children Adam Horovitz

Frances Horovitz (13 February 1938 – 2 October 1983) was an English poet and broadcaster.


Frances Horovitz was born in London. She was educated at Bristol University and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. As a reader and presenter for the BBC, she acquired a reputation for care of preparation and quality of delivery. Her poetry has been described as "not that of the ‘age’ but of the earth" by Anne Stevenson and, according to Peter Levi, "her poetry does seem to me to approach greatness".[1] Influenced by Haiku, her poems give voice to her perceptions of the natural world, history and human relationships.

Horovitz was married to Michael Horovitz and Roger Garfitt, both poets. Her only child Adam Horovitz (born 1971) is also a poet.[2] She died from cancer of the ear at the age of 45. [3]


  • Poems (St. Albert’s, 1967)
  • Dream: A Poem (Sceptre, 1969)
  • The High Tower (New Departures, 1970)
  • Letter to Be Sent by Air (Sceptre, 1974)
  • Elegy (Sceptre, 1976)
  • Water Over Stone (Enitharmon, 1980)
  • Wall (a collaboration (L.Y.C.) 1981)
  • Rowlstone Haiku (with Roger Garfitt, Five Seasons, 1982)
  • Snow Light, Water Light (Bloodaxe, 1983)
  • Collected Poems (Bloodaxe/Enitharmon 1984, edited by Roger Garfitt)