This second edition, issued on the 10th anniversary of its first publication, is presented in a larger format, with a larger typeface, and with a few very minor typographical errors corrected, but is otherwise unchanged. This collection covers the entire poetic career of David Wevill, who has faded from view as a poet in the UK since his departure for the United States in the early 1970s. His first four collections won many prizes and gained him a reputation as one of the finest poets of his generation, as well as a place in all the major anthologies of the period and in the seminal Penguin Modern Poets series. His subsequent collections, with the exception of a slim chapbook from Shearsman Books in the 1980s, were all published in the author's native Canada and have been difficult to obtain either in the UK or the USA. David Wevill now lives in Austin, Texas.
"Departures is a timely restoring to our attention of a very fine poet and a clear indication of what we have been missing. It is a must-read; almost a matter of conscience." (Matt Simpson, Stride magzine, 2003)