----> who

----> work

----> contact

----> links

Robert Selby
----> news

My debut pamphlet was published as part of Clutag's 'Five Poems' series in May. It is available to buy on Clutag's website here.

I will be reading from the pamphlet at The Social on Wednesday 18th October, for Caught by the River.

Caught by the River have also been kind enough to publish my poems 'The Firecrests' and 'Shadows on the Barley' on their website, here and here.

Poems 'Wild Cherry' and 'Burning the Clocks' appeared in the Spring/Summer 2017 issue of Structo magazine.

Poem 'The Big Guns' from my 'East of Ipswich' sequence was published in the 22 October 2016 issue of The Spectator. Four poems from the sequence ('In God's Prevenient Grace', 'Elysium', 'Tournai' and 'Wilf') were published in Ambit 221, Summer 2015.

My review of Joey Connolly's Long Pass appeared in the TLS, No. 5963, July 14 2017. My review of Richard Osmond's Useful Verses is forthcoming. An essay I wrote on John Fuller, 'Fun & True', appeared in PN Review, issue 233, January-February 2017, as part of its 'John Fuller at 80' celebration.

more comments . . .

Days of Roses

The anthology, featuring five of my poems and the poems of others from the regular reading event, is now available to buy.

Link to Amazon / Buy

The unauthorised use of any work without permission from the author is strictly prohibited
----> sample of work
This poem appeared in The Dark Horse 27,
Summer / Autumn 2011

Sunlight makes the beech hedge glow,
so too the bulbous, pink tulips below
the kitchen window at which we
spread apricot jam from a shining jar
onto buttered brown toast. The kitchen is host
to May light, spick and span on spoon and pan.
I try the tea. It is hot but sugarless,
unsatisfactory, and I recall
my grandfather's refrain down the hall
if his was unsweetened by sugar
or, in later years, Splenda -
you did not have to be in the same room
to see him eyeing his cup with a feigned frown -
'Has the sugar boat gone down?'