Veronica Forrest-Thomson

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Veronica Elizabeth Marian Forrest Thomson (28 November 1947 – 26 April 1975) was a poet and a critical theorist.

Born in Malaya to rubber planter John Forrest Thomson and his wife Jean (Veronica hyphenated the surname herself, having originally published under the name Veronica Forrest), she grew up in Glasgow, Scotland.[1] She studied at the University of Liverpool (B.A. 1967) and Girton College, Cambridge (Ph.D 1971; her first supervisor was the poet J. H. Prynne[2]),[3] and later taught at the Universities of Leicester and Birmingham. Her critical study Poetic Artifice: A Theory of Twentieth-Century Poetry was published by Manchester University Press in 1978. 'Poetic Artifice', edited with notes and an introduction by Gareth Farmer, was reissued in 2016 with Shearsman press. Her poetry collections included Identi-kit (1967), the award-winning Language-Games (1971) and the posthumous On the Periphery (1976). Subsequent gatherings of her work include Collected Poems and Translations (1990) and Selected Poems (1999).[4] A further Collected Poems, minus the translations, was published in 2008 by Shearsman Books in association with Allardyce Books.

Forrest-Thomson died in her sleep on the 26 April 1975 at the age of 27 as the result of accidental overdose of prescription drugs and alcohol.[5][6] She was married to the writer and academic Jonathan Culler from 1971 to 1974; he is the executor of her literary estate.[7][8][9] In 2013, the poet and academic, Gareth Farmer organised the establishment of the Veronica Forrest-Thomson Archive at Girton College Library, Cambridge.

Further reading[edit]

  • Veronica Forrest-Thomson, Collected Poems and Translations (1990)
  • Veronica Forrest-Thomson, Poetic Artifice: A Theory of Twentieth-century Poetry (1978)
  • Veronica Forrest-Thomson, Poetic Artifice: A Theory of Twentieth-century Poetry, ed. Gareth Farmer (2016)
  • Alison Mark, Veronica Forrest-Thomson and Language Poetry (2001)
  • Gareth Farmer, 'Veronica Forrest-Thomson: Poet on the Periphery' (2017)
  • Gareth Farmer, 'Veronica Forrest-Thomson, Poetic Artfice and the Struggle with Forms' (Sussex: Unpublished PhD thesis) [2]
  • Gareth Farmer, ‘Veronica Forrest-Thomson's ‘Cordelia’, Tradition and the Triumph of Artifice’, Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry, 1.1 (September, 2009) pp. 55–78
  • Gareth Farmer, ‘‘The slightly hysterical style of University talk’: Veronica Forrest-Thomson and Cambridge’, Cambridge Literary Review 1.1 (September, 2009), pp. 161–177
  • Isobel Armstrong, The Radical Aesthetic (2000)
  • Jane Dowson & Alice Entwistle, A History of Twentieth-century British Women's Poetry (2005)
  • Alison Mark, "Poetic Relations and Related Poetics: Veronica Forrest-Thomson and Charles Bernstein" in Romana Huk (ed.), Assembling Alternatives: Reading Postmodern Poetries Transnationally (2003)

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Alison Mark, Veronica Forrest-Thomson and Language Poetry, 2001
  2. ^ http://janus.lib.cam.ac.uk/db/node.xsp?id=EAD%2FGBR%2F0271%2FGCPP%20Forrest-Thomson
  3. ^ The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women, Elizabeth L. Ewan et al, 2006, Edinburgh University Press, pg 125
  4. ^ COLLECTED POEMS - Veronica Forrest-Thomson : Small Press Distribution
  5. ^ Alison Mark, Veronica Forrest-Thomson and Language Poetry pg xi.
  6. ^ http://www.pnreview.co.uk/cgi-bin/scribe?item_id=4831/ PN Review
  7. ^ The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women, Elizabeth L. Ewan et al, 2006, Edinburgh University Press, pg 125
  8. ^ Alison Mark, Veronica Forrest-Thomson and Language Poetry, 2001
  9. ^ Veronica Forrest-Thomson, Collected Poems, Shearsman Books and Allardyce Books, 2008

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