Living Published Women Poets in the UK
Anne Rouse
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Anne Rouse poet

Anne Rouse was born in Washington DC, grew up in Virginia and came to the UK to study where she stayed. She lives in East Sussex.


The Upshot: New and Selected Poems (Bloodaxe, 2008)

The School of Night (Bloodaxe, 2004)

Timing (Bloodaxe, 1997)

Sunset Grill (Bloodaxe, 1993)

Anne Rouse came to England to read History at the University  of London. She has worked as a nurse and was director of a local branch of the mental health charity Mind. Anne Rouse is now a freelance writer and has held Fellowships at the University of Glasgow and the Courtauld Institute of Art.

In 2000 Anne Rouse was involved in a Poetry Places project, Milestones, in conjunction with The Poetry Society and the Federation of Worker Writers. Her brief was to facilitate workshops in Grimsby, Hastings, Prescot and Sheffield with the aim of producing four performance pieces for the Fedfest conference. Anne Rouse is a member of Conscious Oil a collaborative group with printmaker Emily Johns and writer Milan Rai exploring the connections between history, language and ecology in relation to crude oil and its derivations looking at climate change, human conflict and environmental impacts.

“Anne Rouse’s poetry, gathered in the excellent The Upshot: New and Selected Poems is markedly secular… and very much of the city, though inclined to affirm the presence of the natural there… That turning on a sixpence into memorability is a recurrent power, most often deployed in the face of mysteries, whether saltily comic (The Hen Club Night’s Last Supper) or grave, as in The Hive, which evokes the implacable meticulous work of bees, alongside wedding preparations.” Sean O’Brien (The Times)


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