Paul Kingsnorth


My poems have been published in magazines including Envoi, Agenda, Iota, Reach, Staple and nthposition. In 2012 I won the Wenlock Prize, and reached the shortlist for the Wells Festival Prize. In the past, I have won the BBC Wildlife Poet of the Year Award and the Poetry Life Prize.

I think I would happily see my non-fiction books go out of print if, in exchange, I could write one truly great poem that would stand the test of time. Greatness, though, is not really the point. Neither is publication. Truth is the point; truth and a sense of connection to something larger than myself; to the Source, if you like.

If this sounds like pretentious rubbish, you should probably pop over to the journalism section of this website, which has Facts on it and may make you feel more comfortable. If you’re sticking around, some of my current favourites are below.

Most of these poems are taken from Kidland, my debut collection, which was published in April 2011. You can read more about that – and buy it – by visiting this page

Vodadahue Mountain
Then we will go to Europe
Atlantic low
The Tower

Designed and built long ago and kept on life support by spanner.