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Plain Text. Michael Vince. Paperback ISBN 978-1-869848-03-3. £7. 9 March 2015. Michael Vince, born in 1947, taught in Italy and Greece, where he lived and worked for many years. He now lives in London. He won an Eric Gregory Award in 1977, and has had two previous poetry collections published by Carcanet, as well as several pamphlets. His poems have appeared in magazines in the UK and the US over the past forty years or more. He has a web site: www.michaelvince.co.uk.

The poems in Plain Text link a London world of past and present, perceived through social and historical myth, with the timeless ancient world of the Greek historian Herodotus. From these worlds emerge exemplary figures, who may be living in the house next door, or in worlds of imaginative representation, in books, pictures or documents. The poems feel their way into the environments of present and past, personal and public. The purpose may be to make things ‘plain’, but plainness turns out to be complex, haunting the everyday with histories forgotten or ignored.