Key figure in the British Poetry Revival who is remembered for such works as Loved Litter of Time Spent, The Veil Poem, and Pleats (all published in the late 1960s and early 1970s). His later works include Utamaro Variations, All Where Each Is, and Star Ground.
He was the son of a historian and an art teacher, and he spent his childhood in southeast London and East Sussex, England.
He was twice arrested on the charge of civil disobedience. As a result, his photograph appeared on the front page of The International Socialist Review.
He met his wife, Jean Lewis, in Cambridge; they were married in 1970.
He and fellow literary figures of the British Poetry Revival were inspired by the work of Ezra Pound.