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Ian Harrow was born in Bamburgh, Northumberland, in 1945, of Scots-Irish extraction. He was head of the School of Art at Lancashire Polytechnic before taking early retirement in 2002. Since the mid-70s his work has appeared in a wide range of periodicals and magazines including the Times Literary Supplement, The Spectator, Oxford Magazine, Stand, Poetry Wales, Other Poetry, Literary Review, London Magazine, Archipelago, Poetry Ireland Review, Shop Magazine and New Walk.
He has published four collections; his latest publication Words Take Me (Lapwing Press) appeared in February 2013.
He was shortlisted for the Beverley Prize 2017. Ian lives in York.
'Ian Harrow's poems of obsessive love and lost love are strange, stark, profound parables in brief classic forms. They are not consolatory, but neither are they pessimistic because they have what one of the poems calls 'the taste of truth'. When they are painful, it is because reality is painful. Words Take Me is an utterly absorbing book that stays hauntingly in the memory. It is a major achievement.'
The Quiet Life published by Melos Press
THE QUIET LIFE
You're not ready for the seasons
to go out of fashion - reliant as ever
on the shutting of doors
against September chill,
on streets emptied of tourists,
schoolchildren, the usefully employed.
Not ready to let go what might be
the last of the quiet life, before all
the hiding-places have been exposed
and the mind-reading technologies kick n
and the innocence of solitude
and thought itself, is no more.
Here's to seeping birdsong, in fields
of marshy calm; of wondering which
is rain-cloud, which the lateness of afternoon
as your diligent neighbour wheels
her bicycle and her day
through the gates and home.
Words Take Me available from: www.lapwingpoetry.com
REVIEW OF THE QUIET LIFE (MELOS PRESS 2019)
The 'quiet' here might be the quiet authority of Harrow's writing...Harrow is, essentially, a contemporary metaphysical, reflecting, mostly on the process of ageing.
Ian Pople Manchester Review