Silent Highway

A poem about the Thames by Anthony Howell, published Autumn 2014 by Anvil Press Poetry

Silent Highway Anvil

  • Paperback:96 pages  £7.66
  • Publisher:Anvil Press Poetry (28 October 2014)
  • ISBN-10:085646452X
  • ISBN-13:978-0856464522
  • Product Dimensions:6 x 13.8 x 0.8 cm

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The centrepiece of ‘Silent Highway’ is the title-poem which celebrates the role of the river Thames in the life of London. It is written as a sequence that looks at history and the present: from Pocahontas’s voyage to the arrival of the ‘Windrush’ bringing immigrants from Jamaica, the mysterious death of Roberto Calvi and the ‘Marchioness’ disaster, via the Fire of London and many incidents in which the river has been spectator or participant.

Howell’s mix of verse styles and skill with cameos ensures that interest never flags. In other poems he demonstrates his pleasure in avoiding the predictable and in writing on a wide variety of subjects. Among the many poems of place, in which he excels, are some disturbing descriptions of modern Britain; in the final section, poems inspired by a winter spent in Brazil, he has surprises in store, such as the witty (and true) poem ‘In Praise of Shopping’.


Anthony Howell is a poet and novelist whose first collection of poems, Inside the Castle was published in 1969.  In 1973 he was invited to join the Programme for International Writers at the University of Iowa.  In 1986 his novel In the Company of Others was published by Marion Boyars.  His Selected Poems have been published by Anvil, and his Analysis of Performance Art is published by Routledge.  His novel Oblivion has been brought out by Grey Suit Editions.  His articles on visual art, dance, performance and poetry have appeared in many journals and magazines including Artscribe, Art Monthly, The London Magazine, Harpers & Queen and The Times Literary Supplement.  In 1997 he was short-listed for a Paul Hamlyn Award for his poetry. 

A former dancer with the Royal Ballet, Anthony Howell was founder and director of The Theatre of Mistakes, which created notable performances worldwide in the seventies and eighties – Cambridge Poetry Festival, Serpentine Gallery, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Hayward Gallery, Biennale de Paris.  Between 1978 and 1981 there were further performances in Canada and Europe, at the Paula Cooper Gallery and the Theatre for the New City in New York, as well as at Pittsburgh State Penitentiary, followed by the Cochrane Theatre in London and the Sydney Biennale.  He is currently curating The Room, a space for the arts in Tottenham, and performing Tango Schumann, a fusion of tango and classical music. 

His performance Table Moves at The Tate was described by Stewart Lee in the Observer as “The best performance I have ever seen.” (Observer 17 Oct 2010)

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