NON-AWARD-WINNING POET AND CULTURAL HISTORIAN
Welcome to my website. I use it to post information about my poetry and literary criticism, and also about my career as an academic and teacher. When I retired in 2013 I was appointed Professor Emeritus in Gay and Lesbian Studies by Nottingham Trent University.
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"The poet with the sharpest technique for social verse in Britain today. He lets off fireworks through the official groves of English literature" - Peter Porter
"The poems of Gregory Woods have never failed to impress me ... For a start there are few poets around who can rival him technically" - Matt Simpson
"Perhaps the most sexily literate poet writing in England" - Neil Powell
"The foremost gay poet working in Britain today" - Alan Sinfield (Gay Times, 1995)
"When I think of the dross that is regularly published, noticed, praised, rewarded, and then consider that for the most part Woods goes without recognition, I'm not so much aghast as enraged at the (still largely London) cabal that decides poetic worth in England" - John Lucas
"I'm not sure I had ever written a fan letter before to a poet I had not met, but that's what I did when I read two poems by Gregory Woods ... I admired them especially for their technical virtuosity, in that it was technique completely used, never for the sake of cleverness but as a component of feeling ... What an enviable talent Gregory Woods has" - Thom Gunn
"I have read Gregory Woods' poems with real excitement" - Sir Stephen Spender
"Probably, the finest gay poet in the United Kingdom ... a poet of considerable technical ability and intellectual depth" - Sinéad Morrissey
From the introduction to Luca Baldoni, Le parole tra gli uomini: L’omosessualità e la poesia italiana moderna e contemporanea (2010):
"Anche nel mondo anglosassone è possibile tracciare una linea che parte con Whitman, e poi prosegue con Crane, Auden, Ginsberg, O’Hara, e più recentemente Gunn, Woods e Doty".
(In the Anglo-Saxon world, too, it is possible to trace a line that begins with Walt Whitman, continues with Hart Crane, W.H. Auden, Allen Ginsberg, Frank O’Hara and, more recently, Thom Gunn, Gregory Woods and Mark Doty.)
CITY OF LOVE
You left the city. I
decided to stay on.
The faces were familiar,
the buildings even more so.
It was as if all sounds
and smells were smells and sounds
of you: the trams, the sirens,
drunken laughter, breaking glass...
I'd not have been surprised,
revisiting the bench
where we first met, to find
a label screwed to it:
The British poet Woods
From Gregory Woods, Records of an Incitement to Silence (Manchester: Carcanet Press, July 2021).
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In a hugely ambitious study which crosses continents, languages, and almost a century, Gregory Woods identifies the ways in which homosexuality has helped shape Western culture...