Mark Ford (poet)

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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,[1] Times Literary Supplement,[2] and the London Review of Books.[3]

Helen Vendler compared him with John Ashbery.[4]



  • 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).


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