Imagine a Forest
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Imagine a Forest

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Simon Currie was born in Leeds in 1938. He became a consultant neurologist there. After Open University courses on literature and the Enlightenment, he gained a PhD at Sheffield Hallam University on medical interaction in colonial India and West Indies. He is a member of the Beehive Poets, Bradford, and of the Pennine Poets. He lives in Lower Wharfedale. He has two children. His wife, who died in 2009, was the paediatrician Jane Wynne.


'Exposing human folly and celebrating human kindness, Simon Currie's poetry never fails to delight in the odd and unexpected, from outrageous uncles and pompous surgeons, to the ghosts of Romans and Icelandic trysts. Formally adroit and movingly lyrical, here is a poet with an eye and ear alive to what is hidden or unspoken, to life's often sinister subtext' — Anna Crowe

'I've never read a poem by Simon Currie that has not in some way moved or amused me, very often both at once. Read him for accessibility, for wit, for the elegance of his imagery, but don't expect any easily realised epiphany or pat affecting conclusion — this poetry is deeply mined, and comes clear and burnished to the surface' — Adrian Buckner

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