Gregory Woods - author

­Welcome to my website. I use it to post information about my poetry and literary criticism, and also about my career as an academic and teacher. When I retired in 2013 I was appointed Professor Emeritus in Gay and Lesbian Studies by Nottingham Trent University.

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"The poet with the sharpest technique for social verse in Britain today. He lets off fireworks through the official groves of English literature" - Peter Porter

"The poems of Gregory Woods have never failed to impress me ... For a start there are few poets around who can rival him technically" - Matt Simpson

"When I think of the dross that is regularly published, noticed, praised, rewarded, and then consider that for the most part Woods goes without recognition, I'm not so much aghast as enraged at the (still largely London) cabal that decides poetic worth in England" - John Lucas

"I'm not sure I had ever written a fan letter before to a poet I had not met, but that's what I did when I read two poems by Gregory Woods ... I admired them especially for their technical virtuosity, in that it was technique completely used, never for the sake of cleverness but as a component of feeling ... What an enviable talent Gregory Woods has" - Thom Gunn

"I have read Gregory Woods' poems with real excitement" - Sir Stephen Spender

"Probably, the finest gay poet in the United Kingdom ... a poet of considerable technical ability and intellectual depth" - Sinead Morrissey

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If you want to buy any of my books, please go to the Poetry and Non-fiction pages. Details of my publishers can be found on the Links page.


The spirits don't forget.
Their memories are long.
They spend eternity
preserving ancient slights
and plotting vengeance. Not
a century goes by
without some fresh reminder
of lapsed dissatisfactions.

Because they can't release
themselves from time, they have
no time to haunt the living.
We needn't feel ashamed
of what they think of us.
They never think of us.

From Gregory Woods, Very Soon I Shall Know (Nottingham: Shoestring, 2012)

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In a hugely ambitious study which crosses continents, languages, and almost a century, Gregory Woods identifies the ways in which homosexuality has helped shape Western culture...

Latest Reviews “Gregory Woods’ provocative new book is subtitled ‘How Gay Culture Liberated the Modern World’. It’s a bold claim to make—and one the author backs up with deliciously gossipy prose and copious notes … There’s almost a century of gay social and cultural history packed into these 400 pages … What really brings the book alive are the characters.” Paul Burston, Boyz
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