The Magic Door by Chris Torrance

Published by Test Centre (2017)
416 Pages, 24 x 16 cm, Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-9935693-4-0

Gathering eight books originally published between 1973 and 1996, The Magic Door makes available and rejuvenates the work of an unjustly neglected poet, an important figure in the British Poetry Revival. Admired by his contemporaries, including Iain Sinclair, J. H. Prynne, Allen Fisher and Alan Moore, the publication of this epic project brings Chris Torrance’s work the attention and recognition it deserves.

The Magic Door is a cycle, a long poem with recurring themes and images, although each volume has its own particular focus, ranging across alchemy, geology, history, myth and legend. Torrance’s unique poetic voice combines a Beatnik sensibility with a reverence for the radical sublime, influenced by the open field poetics of Charles Olson as well as by Ezra Pound and David Jones.