Michael Horovitz

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Michael Horovitz (born 1935) is an English poet, artist and translator.

Though initially associated with the British Poetry Revival, Horovitz is best known for his appearance at the International Poetry Incarnation at the Royal Albert Hall on June 11, 1965, alongside Allen Ginsberg and Alexander Trocchi. In 1959 he founded the New Departures magazine while still a student, publishing William Burroughs and Samuel Beckett.

In 1969 he edited Children of Albion: Poetry of the Underground in Britain for Penguin Books. Growing Up: Selected Poems and Pictures, 1951-'79 was published by Allison & Busby in 1979. He now runs the Poetry Olympics at the Albert Hall (since 1980) and elsewhere the world over, and is at work on A New Waste Land [1].

Horovitz is often considered, alongside Christopher Logue, Tom Pickard and Joyce Johnson, to be one of the last living links to the Beat poets and their milieu.

See also

  • Liverpool poets
  • The Mersey Sound
  • United Kingdom Underground
  • British Poetry since 1945
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