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(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Roy Fisher 1930–

English poet.

Fisher's poetry is often set in urban landscapes, usually his native Birmingham. His most recognized work, City, has been compared with William Carlos Williams's Patterson and he has acknowledged his interest in Williams's concept, "no ideas but in things." Fisher's poetic strategy is to present a detached description of phenomenal reality as he perceives it. His observations and insights are rendered in concrete details which transfigure the ordinary. He creates, in the words of critic Deborah Mitchell, "a grammar of sensory experience."

Fisher is also a jazz pianist and his poetry reflects the improvisation, loose structure, and varying tempos associated with jazz. He claims that his poetry is more influenced by music than by literature.

(See also Contemporary Authors, Vols. 81-84.)