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by Robert Powell

‘And our luck, to be hungry only for love.’

Six years in the making, All is the second collection of poetry by Canadian-born, Yorkshire-based writer Robert Powell.

With one of the most precise, committed voices currently at work in the UK, Powell considers the individual moments that make up our lives and histories; whether in nature, in human interaction, or within the worlds of art and spirituality – the fragments that make up our ‘all’.

These poems are both fragile and robust, touching and unsparing. His work is informed by a transatlantic sensibility that combines the best of North American and British
approaches to verse, whilst also paying tribute to the unique art form that is European poetry in translation.

Composed of three mesmerising sequences, All is the best showcase yet for a wonderful and unique literary talent; poetry that is easy to start reading and difficult to stop.

“Robert Powell creates a kind of achieved, hard-won intimacy in these poems; his voice is close to your ear, and this closeness brings the reader into the orbit of this fine, fine writer who offers new routes into love and landscape.”
— Ian McMillan

“In Powell’s poems there are wonderful connections between the terrains of landscape, cityscape, and imagination. Delicate, searching and often haunting, this is a heartfelt collection.”
— Abi Curtis

“Powell’s ability to understand and convey the messiness, tragedies and beauties of life, demonstrate what a very fine poet he is ... I read in a kind of hushed awe.”
— James Nash


Robert Powell was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, and now lives in York. He has worked for many years in the fields of journalism, photography, the arts and urbanism, and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

He has published three collections of poetry, Harvest of Light (Stone Flower, 2007), All (Valley Press, 2015) and Riverain (Valley Press, 2018) as well as an artist’s book and exhibition, A Small Box of River (2016) in collaboration with artist Jake Attree. He won the 2012 Elmet Prize judged by Kathleen Jamie, was commended in the 2017 National Poetry Competition, and his poems and stories have appeared in Acumen, Dream Catcher, Orbis, The North and The Rialto. In 2017, he wrote and co-produced, with Ben Pugh, The River Speaks, a short film funded by the Canal & River Trust ‘Arts on the Waterways’ programme.

A fourth collection, Lost and Found, was published by Valley Press in November 2021.


Edition: Paperback

Date Published: 2015-01-23

ISBN: 9781908853448

Catalogue Number: VP0063

Number of Pages: 96

Cover design by Jamie McGarry

Cover photograph by the author

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