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Ruth Silcock has died | 19-Apr-14

Ruth Silcock has died at 87. Her three collections of poems, all published after her retirement, take their subjects from her large extended family, her professional work with children and adults and a deep concern for the problems, medical, social and personal, facing old people. They are much more enjoyable than that may make them sound. Her poems are laced with what one reviewer described as a 'dark, close-to-the-bone humour'; they have a jaunty air which goes well with their unsentimental, clear-eyed and compassionate observation.

'There is a potentially popular poetry in England which does not talk down to people or appeal to their self-consciousness, and it is being written by people like Ruth Silcock. Larkin, Betjeman and Stevie Smith would have approved of her poems. To say that she is a readers' rather than a poets' poet may define her limits, but is also high and necessary praise.' ? George Szirtes, reviewing Mrs. Carmichael

Read more about Ruth Silcock's publications at Anvil Press

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