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Pictures of the Fleeting World (2013)



Powder on the Wind (2011)



Fools and Mirrors (2010)



Travelling Light - Waterloo Sampler No. 12 (2005)


Norman Buller Sleeping with Icons (2007)

The language is absolutely exact and economical......and [he] makes the best uses of the characteristic Buller effect of the shorter last line – which I remember imitating while at Cambridge. Wish I could write like that
Thom Gunn

Buller’s work can be as stimulating as a well-iced gin and tonic
Glen Cavaliero

Fastidious, gentle, lyrical, and exceptionally prosodic, Buller is an accomplished exponent of poetic form, while also being freely confident in occasionally doing without it. And this all depends on the tone and subject of what he is writing about. Buller is a consummate craftsman, whose meticulous skill is balanced with an ease of expression and a musicality of language. His elegies and tributes to various artistic influences – D.H. Lawrence, Thomas Hardy, Strindberg, Picasso et al – are admirably devoid of callow self-comparison. Buller’s poetry only lacks self-preoccupation: he keeps himself to one side and pays tribute to all those things in life, both tangible and abstract, that have inspired him
Alan Morrison


ISBN 1-902731-38-7


This is the remarkable first full collection of a poet praised by Thom Gunn as one of his prime influences. Norman Buller is a superbly adroit balancer of the formalist and modernist.

Well-known before 1958, he was silent for 22 years, during which time he worked in Belfast, part of the circle including Heaney, Longley and Mahon. When he was able to write again from 1980 he was not a completely different poet, but a profoundly developed one: elegist and satirist, he refracts historical occasion to all he’s experienced, which includes the poets he’s known and worked with.

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ENVOI issue 152 February 2009 by Will Daunt

Poetry Salzburg Review No. 13 Spring 2008 by Jeremy Hilton

Article: 'Agenda': the long and the short of excellence in poetry - The Independent, reference to Norman Buller as a well-known voice, April 25th 2008


Norman Buller was born and grew up in Birmingham, England. He was educated at Fircroft College, Birmingham and St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, where he read English. He became one of the Cambridge poets of the early 1950s and his verse appeared in magazines and anthologies alongside that of Thom Gunn and Ted Hughes.

From the mid-1950s for about twenty-five years Buller wrote very little. His occupation was in careers advisory work at the universities of Sheffield, Queen’s Belfast and Birmingam. While at Belfast he took part in Philip Hobsbaum’s creative soirée alongside Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley and others and throughout that time published only one pamphlet of thirteen poems in 1965, Thirteen Poems (Festival Publications, Queen’s University Belfast, 1965). Buller flared into print 30 years later with a pamphlet Travelling Light (Waterloo, 2005) swiftly followed by his first full collection Sleeping with Icons (Waterloo, 2007) has been widely praised in journals including Envoi and Poetry Salzburg Review.

Buller has been widely published in anthologies and journals including, in the UK, Acumen, Outposts, The Interpreter’s House, The London Magazine, The Rialto, Cambridge Left and in the USA, The California Quarterly and The Comstock Review.

His verse has been awarded prizes including first place in the Ware Poetry Competition.

For more information on Norman Buller visit: www.normanbuller.me.uk

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