Born Bexleyheath, London, 19 July 1938. He published more than 40 books of poetry and was credited with promoting the post-war American poetry tradition on the modern British poetry scene. He particularly promoted the work of poets associated with the Black Mountain School. He founded the Goliard Press in 1965 with the artist Barry Hall. Having left school at 15, he later attended the University of Essex where he gained an MA in literary translation. He travelled extensively, giving poetry readings in Mexico, Spain, the United States and South Africa. He held visiting teaching positions at the University of Texas in Austin, the University of California in San Diego, and the University of Cape Town. He was also poet-in-residence at King’s College, Cambridge. He died on 8 February 2017.