Carl Potter was born in Beverley, East Yorkshire, in 1984, and remained there until starting a degree in English and Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity University College. He has had a variety of jobs, including landscape gardener and chef, but has always written poetry and fiction.
He is most widely published as a journalist, with dozens of articles published in the Hull Daily Mail. In 2012, Valley Press published Carl's debut poetry pamphlet Form.
Form is a fiercely ambitious debut pamphlet from a completely new voice in British poetry. These fourteen poems document the emergence of a keen literary mind; unafraid to switch between piercing social commentary (often in the form of extended natural metaphors), tender reports on inter-family interactions (as in opening poem 'Explaining to Joshua Why Snowmen Have to Melt'), and what can best be described as sheer revelry in the joy of language.
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