Generation Txt looks at all points of poetry’s star and is less concerned with the middle ground, which makes this selection of young writers more vital and a truer cross-section of the poetry that will progress and flourish.
This collection is a creative ideas manual … replete with offbeat and tangential work. These six young poets are joyfully working with Ezra Pound’s dictum to ‘make it new’ and doing it with extreme effervescence.
Times Educational Supplement
A reassuring voice that British poetry is alive, kicking and relevant, for some time to come.
Ian Seed, Stride
Good news for poetry.
Richard Morrison, The Times
Full of ambition and spark […] let us hope Generation Txt is remembered as the starting point of some dazzling poetic careers.
Clare Pollard, Rising
[Generation Txt] points to rude health amongst the youngsters on the poetry scene … and offers alternatives to the tedium of the current crop of mainstream not-so-bright stars. Young poets should get their hands on it.
Simon Turner, Gists and Piths
I couldn’t find the txt msg sonnet my bile had been longing for.
David Bowden, Culture Wars
About the author
Tom Chivers was born in 1983 in South London. A writer, editor and promoter of poetry, his publications include The Terrors (Nine Arches Press, 2009) and How To Build A City (Salt Publishing, 2009). A winner of the inaugural Crashaw Prize, he is Associate Editor of Tears in the Fence, was Poet in Residence at The Bishopsgate Institute, London, and has appeared on BBC Radio 3 and 4. Tom is Director of Penned in the Margins and Co-Director of London Word Festival.