Julian Turner is the author of three books of poetry
all published by Anvil Press Poetry.
Affecting, memorable and original – Stephen Knight, TLS
Julian’s most recent collection, Planet-Struck, was published in January 2011 and is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.
Much of the material in Julian Turner’s third collection works under malign influence, which comes most often from the hand of Man, but is also haunted by elements, spirits and other forces that seem beyond our control. This compelling book also celebrates human ingenuity and heroism in the face of such weighty opponents and laments our inclination to blame others for our misfortune and unhappiness.
Orphan Sites, his second collection was published in 2006. Crossing the Outskirts (2002) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and short-listed for the Forward Prize Best First Collection.
He is well attuned to current trends, favouring a slightly crumpled informality and an off-the-peg erudition.
Poetry Book Society
These poems cover a wide range of concepts, but all succeed in doing what poetry ought – taking us beyond what is representable by mere descriptive words to new previously uncharted ideas.
David Harris, Bookslut