Reichstag fire trial, partly because Roskolenko left a massive, but dispersed archive. There are a few paragraphs to add to what I’ve already written, but my presentation of him so far is as someone who passed through different sets of circumstances, and doesn’t address the possibility of drawing them together.
The purpose of this Andrew Crozier Reader is to bring back into the public eye the gifted poet and the untiring promoter of poetry’s importance, to allow readers to judge for themselves the extraordinary range of work spanning forty years. Nicholas Johnson’s term, ‘poet’s champion’, refers not only to the central importance of the anthology, A Various Art, edited by Crozier and Tim Longville in 1987, in which the exciting new world of what was happening in poetry found a decisive and attractive presentation, but also to the fact that Crozier contributed an anthology of ‘Ten English Poets’ to New Directions 32, ‘An International Anthology of Prose & Poetry’.
When Andrew Crozier retired after some thirty years at Sussex he made it abundantly clear that it was in order to start new ventures:
Have I mentioned that I took early retirement at the start of the academic year? The effect is of a protracted intellectual spring clean, a mixture of exhilaration and remorse.
Two months later he referred to ‘the abundant reading time’ afforded to him by retirement:
I am under the necessity of disposing of a lot of books, and there are cases where it becomes necessary to reread (even to read) before reaching the fateful decision. In many more cases, of course, the decisions are easy and with a sort of jubilation at no more of authors x, y, and z.
What is undoubted here is the continuation of his work of discrimination and judgement, a refusal to slide along with the readily accepted, an angularity of quiet determination which is a reflection upon a lifetime’s achievement.