Glyn Maxwell has long been regarded as one of Britain's major poets. His books include Pluto, Hide Now, The Sugar Mile, The Nerve, and his recent selection One Thousand Nights and Counting. Several of his plays have been staged in the UK and USA, including The Lifeblood, After Troy, The Only Girl in the World, and Liberty, which premiered at Shakespeare's Globe. His adaptations of Cyrano De Bergerac and Wind in the Willows were staged at Chester's new open air theatre in Grosvenor Park, for whom he also wrote Masters Are You Mad?, a sequel to Twelfth Night. His opera libretti include The Lion's Face, The Firework Maker's Daughter, Seven Angels and Nothing. His novel Blue Burneau was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Prize. He has taught at Princeton, Columbia, and New York University, and reviews poetry for The New York Times.He was born in Welwyn Garden City, went to New York City, and now lives in the Angel Islington.In 2012 he published the acclaimed critical guidebook On Poetry, which considered the art through the eyes of four imaginary students. Their journeys - along with many others - continue in Drinks With Dead Poets.
'Poetry is a pitiless mistress... This paradox of irritation and compulsion hovers behind Glyn Maxwell's brilliantly unclassifiable new book... Professor Maxwell arrives on a mysterious campus in a dream-state, having no clue where he is or what he is supposed to be doing. This tallies exactly with the experience of arriving at a new university, whether as staff or student... In this dream world, only Thursdays exist and all the visiting poets are dead ones. Not quite getting the hang of it at first, the narrator wonders who the "frock-coated emo" is, hanging around outside, talking about bonnets. It's only little Johnny Keats! Despite a stellar term's line-up, including Gerard Manley Hopkins, Emily Dickinson and WB Yeats, the elusive students are hard to impress... A prefatory note explains that although the poets' utterances come verbatim from their writings, these biographical sketches, "like the village and the students and their mystified professor, are works of make-believe"... [a] wholly brilliant evocation of a mysterious university campus, its students and visiting lecturers' The Guardian; 'If you love poetry, you should read it. But if you think poetry is too hard, too boring, too old-school, then you must read it. It might just change the way you see the world.' - The Daily Mail