Michael Horovitz

For those of a similar name, see Michael Horowitz (disambiguation).
Michael Horovitz
Born (1935-04-04) 4 April 1935
Frankfurt am Main
Occupation Poet
Spouse Frances Horovitz
Children Adam Horovitz

Michael Horovitz (born 4 April 1935)[1][2] is an English poet, artist and translator.

Life and career

Michael Horovitz, born in Frankfurt,[3] was the youngest of 10 children who were brought to England from Nazi Germany by their parents, both of whom were part of a network of European-rabbinical families. Horovitz studied at Brasenose College, Oxford, from 1954 to 1960.[4]

In 1959 he founded the periodical New Departures while still a student,[5] publishing William S. Burroughs, Samuel Beckett, and Stevie Smith. He continued to edit it for fifty years, coordinating many "Live" New Departures, Jazz Poetry SuperJams and Poetry Olympics festivals. Though initially associated with the British Poetry Revival, Horovitz became widely known on his appearance at the International Poetry Incarnation at the Royal Albert Hall on 11 June 1965, alongside Allen Ginsberg and Alexander Trocchi. In 1969 Penguin Books published his Children of Albion anthology. Introducing him to New York in 1970, Ginsberg characterized him as a "Popular, experienced, experimental, New Jerusalem, Jazz Generation, Sensitive Bard".[6]

In 1971 Horovitz published The Wolverhampton Wanderer, an epic of Britannia, in twelve books, with a resurrection & a life for poetry united, with an original dustjacket by Peter Blake. The book is a collection of British artists of the period with illustrations and photographs by Michael Tyzack, Peter Blake, Adrian Henri, Patrick Hughes, Gabi Nasemann, Michael Horovitz, Paul Kaplan, John Furnival, Bob Godfrey, Pete Morgan, Jeff Nuttall, David Hockney and others. It is, among other things, a visual and literary elegy to the culture surrounding association football up to the 1960s, celebrating not only Wolves and its supporters, but also Arsenal, Spurs, and legendary teams from the North. Horovitz's Growing Up: Selected Poems and Pictures, 1951–79 was published by Allison & Busby in 1979.

In 2007, Horovitz published A New Waste Land: Timeship Earth at Nillennium, described by D. J. Taylor in The Independent as "a deeply felt clarion-call from the radical underground", and by Tom Stoppard as "A true scrapbook and songbook of the grave new world". In January 2011 Horovitz contributed to an eBook collection of political poems entitled Emergency Verse - Poetry in Defence of the Welfare State, edited by Alan Morrison.[7]

Horovitz stood for election as Oxford Professor of Poetry in 2010 (supported by Tony Benn),[8] but came second, out of eleven, to Geoffrey Hill.[9]

Personal life

He was married to the English poet Frances Horovitz (1938–83); their son Adam Horovitz (born 1971) is also a poet, performer and journalist.

Michael Horovitz currently fronts the William Blake Klezmatrix band.

His home is in Notting Hill, London.[4][10][11]



As editor

As translator

On art

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