Information about the poet.
Lucinda Gane, Christopher Reid’s wife, died in October 2005. A Scattering is his tribute to her and consists of four poetic sequences, the first written during her illness, and the other three at intervals after her death. A Scattering is described by Adam Newey in The Guardian as “A beautiful book... [that] performs the miracle of bringing the dead back to life.”
For and After is Christopher Reid’s seventh collection of poems. In a series of dedications and translations or “versions”, Reid offers poems “for” friends and loved ones, as well as works “after” such influences as Homer, Aesop, Mallarme, Rimbaud and Baudelaire.
Christopher Reid’s minute observations from the periphery more often than not point to some sort of universal truth. In this collection the subjects of his curiosity include marriage, fantasy, ways of perceiving events and the sinister nature of children.