“A spiritual-sexual autobiography. . . . [A Short History of Snakes] is a poetry constantly pursuing the voluptuous, even voyeuristically, watching itself in the mirror above the bed. The collection is a kind of Bildungsroman in which the poet seeks out romantic experiencewomen, booze, cocaine, poetryin the romantic cities of Europe, from London to Barcelona.” Poetry
A Short History of Snakes
978-0-8021-3811-8 • $13.50 • Paperback • Sep. 2001
With this volume, acclaimed British poet Alan Jenkins makes his American debut. Lush, stylish, inventive, visceral in its impact, his poetry is a deeply personal exploration of masculinity. Taken from work spanning over a decade, A Short History of Snakes introduced American readers to one of England’s most accomplished and engaging poets.