Biography

Norman Buller was born and grew up in Birmingham England. He was educated at Fircroft College, Birmingham and St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, where he read English.

 

He became one of the Cambridge poets of the early 1950s and his verse appeared in magazines and anthologies alongside that of Thom Gunn and Ted Hughes. Later, during a correspondence in1994, Thom Gunn wrote:

 

The Flesh Made Word is a wonderful poem – a song in general language, an Elizabethan form as modified by certain 20th century masters. The language is absolutely exact and economical and you make the best of uses of the characteristic Buller effect of the shorter last line – which I remember imitating while at Cambridge. Wish I could write like that.

 

From the mid-1950s for about twenty-five years Buller wrote very little. His occupation was in careers advisory work at the universities of Sheffield, Queen’s Belfast and Birmingam. While at Belfast he took part in Philip Hobsbaum’s creative soirée alongside Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley and others and throughout that time published only one pamphlet of thirteen poems.

 

Then in the 1980s the poems started to come again. Since then his work has appeared in a wide range of magazines and anthologies at home and abroad including Acumen, Agenda, California Quarterly (USA), The Comstock Review (USA), Communiqué (South Africa), Envoi, Fire, The Interpreter’s House, Iota, The London Magazine, Orbis, Other Poetry, Outposts, Poetry Salzburg Review (Austria), The Rialto, etc. His verse has won several prizes in competitions and he gave a reading from his work at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in 2008.