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Stoddart ranges dazzlingly across the nature of time, reality, happiness and self … Among current major UK poets, Stoddart’s poetic voice is perhaps as hard to categorise as anyone’s, except in its excellence. Even more than its wondrous three precursors, Fool will demand re-readings to absorb its full richness.

Matthew Paul, The Friday Poem

For all its philosophy and wry commentary on the human condition this is a humane and wise book, always open to the questioning and exploration it advocates. 

Pauline Rowe, ORBIS

Fool (2022) further demonstrates Greta Stoddart's ability to stretch what poetry can achieve. It confirms her as one of our most accomplished and ambitious poets.

Moniza Alvi, Judge for the 2023 Cholmondeley Awards


Shortlisted for the 2016 Roehampton Poetry Prize

'Colloquial, faintly unruly, the poems travel light on adventures of conciseness, channelling the energies of a big, agnostic imagination into new forms'

Poetry Review

'Alive Alive O is a compelling book, defiant in the face of life's losses'



Shortlisted for the 2008 Costa Book Award

'This is a collection that thrives not on solutions, but on endless, boundless possibilities.'

The Guardian

'Honest, observant poems from a collection which is both wonderfully unsettling and deeply life-affirming'

Costa Book Award Judges


Winner of the 2002 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize


Shortlisted for the 2002 Forward Prize for Best First Collection

'Long after we have stopped reading, Stoddart's haunting imagery and living music play on in our minds'

Poetry Review

'At Home in the Dark is a fine debut collection from a poet of huge promise'

New Statesman

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