British Poetry Revival poet, scholar, and dialect expert whose works include The Mud Fort and A Book of Spilt Cities. A collection of his early poems was published posthumously in 2010.
He received his Ph.D. in Old English from King's College, London.
He was a member of the Hells Angels as a teenager; consequently, the theme of biking is prevalent in his poetic work.
He was one of three children born to a teacher and a civil servant, and he was the nephew of a London Symphony Orchestra musician.
He was influenced by the work of John Keats.