On Saturday, January 17th, 2008, Christ’s College, Cambridge, and the Centre for Modernist Studies at the University of Sussex co-hosted a daylong symposium on the work of Veronica Forrest-Thomson, author of three poetry collections and the influential critical work Poetic Artifice: A Theory of Twentieth-Century Poetry. The publishers Shearsman and Allardyce, Barnett issued a new edition of her work in 2008: Veronica Forrest-Thomson: Collected Poems. The symposium came on the heels of this publication, in an effort to further increase the visibility of Forrest-Thomson’s life and work.
The Kenyon Review is pleased to continue that goal by publishing a special online retrospective of a selection of Veronica Forrest-Thomson’s poetry as well as six of the papers presented at the symposium. The poems are reprinted with the permission of Jonathan Culler and the Estate of Veronica Forrest-Thomson and Allardyce, Barnett, Publishers. This project is greatly indebted to the new edition of Collected Poems, available in the US here, and in the UK here. Photo credit: Jonathan Culler.
A special thanks to Sara Crangle, whose initiating interest, organizational skill, and editorial effort made this web project possible.