Peter Porter: Poems

Books

Poetry collections

  • Once Bitten Twice Bitten, Scorpion Press, 1961
  • Poems Ancient and Modern, Scorpion Press, 1964
  • A Porter Folio, Scorpion Press, 1969
  • The Last of England, Oxford University Press, 1970
  • After Martial, Oxford University Press, 1972
  • Preaching to the Converted, Oxford University Press, 1972
  • Jonah, with Arthur Boyd Secker & Warburg, 1973
  • Living in a Calm Country, Oxford University Press, 1975
  • The Lady and the Unicorn, with Arthur Boyd Secker & Warburg, 1975
  • The Cost of Seriousness, Oxford University Press, 1978
  • English Subtitles, Oxford University Press, 1981
  • Fast Forward, Oxford University Press, 1984
  • Narcissus with Arthur Boyd, Seckers & Warburg, London, 1984
  • The Automatic Oracle, Oxford University Press, 1987
  • Mars, with Arthur Boyd Deutsch, 1987
  • Possible Worlds, Oxford University Press, 1989
  • The Chair of Babel, Oxford University Press, 1992
  • Millennial Fables, Oxford University Press, 1994
  • Dragons in Their Pleasant Palaces, Oxford University Press, 1997
  • Both Ends Against the Middle, 1999 as a section in Collected Poems Volume 2
  • Max Is Missing, Picador/Macmillan, 2001
  • Afterburner, Picador/Macmillan, 2004
  • Better Than God, Picador, 2009

Selected and collected poetry

  • Collected Poems, Oxford University Press, 1983.
  • A Porter Selected: Poems 1959–1989. Oxford University Press, 1989.
  • Collected Poems. 2 vols. Oxford & Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Chapbooks

  • Solemn Adultery at Breakfast Creek The Keepsake Press, London, 1968 (200 copies)
  • The Animal Programme: Four Poems Anvil Press Poetry Ltd, London, 1982 (250 copies). ISBN 0-85646-107-5.
  • A King's Lynn Suite, King's Lynn Poetry Festival, 1999.
  • Return to Kerguelen, Vagabond Press, London, 2001.

Broadsheets

  • Words Without Music, Sycamore Press, 1968.
  • Epigrams by Martial, Poem-of-the-Month Club, 1971.

Translations

  • After Martial Oxford University Press, 1972.
  • from the Greek Anthology in Penguin Classics edition
  • Michelangelo, Life, Letters, and Poetry, with George Bull Oxford University Press, 1987.
  • Liu Hongbin, A Day Within Days, with the author. Ambit Books, London 2006. (Link to a reading of Porter's translation)

Essay collections

  • Saving from the Wreck: Essays on Poetry. Trent, 2001.

Books edited

  • A Choice of Pope's Verse Faber & Faber, 1971.
  • New Poems, 1971–1972: A P. E. N. Anthology of Contemporary Poetry Hutchinson, 1972.
  • The English Poets: From Chaucer to Edward Thomas, with Anthony Thwaite Secker & Warburg, 1974.
  • New Poetry I, with Charles Osborne, Arts Council of Great Britain, 1975.
  • Thomas Hardy, selected, with photographs by John Hedgecoe. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1981.
  • The Faber Book of Modern Verse 4th edition, originally edited by Michael Roberts Faber & Faber, 1982.
  • William Blake, selected, Oxford University Press, 1986
  • Christina Rossetti, selected, Oxford University Press, 1986
  • William Shakespeare, with an introduction, C.N. Potter, 1987, Aurum, 1988.
  • Complete Poems, by Martin Bell, Bloodaxe, 1988.
  • John Donne, edited, Aurum, 1988.
  • The Fate of Vultures: New Poetry of Africa, with Kofi Anyidoho, and Musaemura Zimunya. Heinemann International, 1989.
  • Lord Byron, Aurum, 1989
  • W. B. Yeats: The Last Romantic, Aurum, 1990.
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley, selected, Aurum, 1991.
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning, selected, Aurum, 1992.
  • Robert Burns, selected, Aurum, 1992.
  • The Romantic Poets: Byron, Keats, Shelley, Wordsworth, selected, Aurum, 1992.
  • Robert Browning, selected, Aurum, 1993.
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge, selected Aurum, 1994.
  • The Oxford Book of Modern Australian Verse, Oxford University Press, 1996.
  • Selected Poems of Lawrence Durrell Faber and Faber, 2006.

Scores and libretti

  • Annotations of Auschwitz, with music by David Lumsdaine Universal Edition, 1975.
  • Orpheus: A Chamber Opera in One Act, music by Geoffrey Burgon Chester Music, 1985.
  • The Voice of Love, words for a song cycle, music by Nicholas Maw.
  • St Francis and the Wolf, an opera for children, music by Ronald Senator

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