Books I have written or edited. My poetry shamelessly on top, others in chronological order.
Tonight the Summer’s Over (Carcanet, 2013)
My debut collection of poetry. It is a PBS Recommendation and was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Prize 2014.
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‘Waterman […] is at once restrained and assured. He has a fine eye for a poem’s architecture, playing with symmetry, taking pleasure in the shape of the page, and he demonstrates a remarkably good ear.’ John Greening, The Warwick Review
‘Great poetry, but poetry to be read with a health warning.’ Belinda Cooke, Stride
‘The best first collection I’ve read in the past couple of years.’ Matthew Stewart, Rogue Strands
‘A convincing, affecting collection.’ Tony Roberts, Stand
‘The surprise, the drama, is beautifully managed. […] Another perfect little lyric. […] In the final [lines of the collection] description gives way to invocation, to a discreet affirmation of the propriety of a poet’s absorbtions, one for whose worth the collection as a whole stands guarantor.’ John Lucas, The Dark Horse
‘A remarkable debut. […] Possessed of some hefty qualities that nimbly span the twin senses of contemporaneity and tradition.’ Martin Malone, The Interpreter’s House
‘A hymn to the importance of dusting down and moving on. […] A moving book.’ Ben Wilkinson, TLS
‘By just picking his words with an almost scientific exactitude he makes a poem that is meditative and unforced.’ The Irish Examiner
‘Rory Waterman writes poems of the kind there’ll always be a need for – poems that require skill to make but don’t insist on it, that combine keen-eyed observation and immediately graspable shades of feeling in a memorable way. Waterman’s is a very appealing voice, laconic, unillusioned and vulnerable. His world is a recognisable and convincing one, his rueful, sometimes harsh sincerity is palpable, and he deserves to be read by anyone to whom these things still matter.’ Alan Jenkins
Two poems from the book are discussed by Henry King here.
Brexit Day on the Balmoral Estate (Rack Press, 2017)
A pamphlet of 12 pages. It has sold out, but a few copies are still available directly from me. Please email via the ‘Contact’ tab if you’d like one.
‘[Waterman] confronts the unpoetic Brexit head-on — and then does what poetry does best: writes slant. None of these nine poems is directly about the current political debate; it’s only with the date at the end of the final poem (which is also the title poem) that the pamphlet reveals the pain in its heart. Italicised: 24 June 2016. Yes: that date. So what looked like separate poems, poems about individual places, people, travel — Sarajevo, Palma, Basilicata, Venice, avoiding politics in the pre-election USA — suddenly click into place […]. No, the pamphlet isn’t going to force its opinions on us.’ Davina Prince, Sphinx
‘Rory Waterman’s first complete collection, Tonight the Summer’s Over was much lauded, seen as ‘the best first collection for the past couple of years’ and was a PBS recommendation. The splendidly titled Brexit Day on the Balmoral Estate is a fine widening out of subject matter.’ Ian Pople, Manchester Review
NB There is also this, no. 11 in the Clutag Press ‘Five Poems’ series.
Poets of the Second World War (Northcote/British Council, 2016)
The True Traveller: W. H. Davies, A Reader (Fyfield, 2015)
edited and introduced by Rory Waterman. This was Paperback of the Week in the Guardian.
‘I’m very glad this selection has come out. […] And you quickly realise that Rory Waterman is a good editor.’ Nicholas Lezard, the Guardian
‘However much his colourful life helped, it was his writing that was responsible for his fame initially. […] [W]orth preserving […] excellent introduction’. Jean Moorcroft-Wilson, TLS
Something Happens, Sometimes Here: Contemporary Lincolnshire Poetry (Five Leaves, 2015)
edited and introduced by Rory Waterman
‘[…] bringing the possibilities of poetry, in response to the county’s sights and sounds, up to date.’ Yusef Sayed, Lincolnshire Life
Belonging and Estrangement in the Poetry of Philip Larkin, R. S. Thomas and Charles Causley (Ashgate, 2014)
‘Waterman’s study bribngs new perspectives and insights. [… His] discussion of Causley and his writing is acute and detailed, establishing nuances and contradictions.’ Mike Cooper, Charles Causley Society Newsletter
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