The Revenant

Woman Police Officer in ElevatorPoems (1995) Published in the US as Woman Police Officer in Elevator

“Brilliant. [Lasdun] seems to me certainly among the most gifted, vivid, and deft poets now writing in English, and far better than many who are more famous. His capacities are solidly established; his promise is nearly infinite.”  — Anthony Hecht

“As a field of concern for poetry, superabundance enables Lasdun to display his lavish poetic gifts.”  — David Herd, Times Literary Supplement

“American readers who want to see rejuvenated form in untroubled action, giving brisk shape to contemporary and classical events, will find it in Lasdun.”  — Helen Vendler, New York Review of Books

“An expatriate everywhere, James Lasdun views the world with a keen and wondering eye. His beautifully wrought poems are imbued with the power of the uncanny: the familiar made fresh. Rich with revenants and volatile histories, leavened by wit, their sublime understanding transforms the facts and artifacts of contemporary culture.”  — Alice Fulton