Alphabet derives from the authors work on concrete poems with intending teachers and from writing poems for Infants (“a neglected audience”) for the B.B.C. programme ‘Poetry Corner’. The poems here address themselves to the adult intelligence. Stanley Cook writes in his Introduction: “Letters of the alphabet are the first gods of literature . . . My Alphabet is intended as worship of the pantheon of (at least) twenty-six gods.”
Reviewing the author’s Form Photograph The Teacher wrote: “NO TEACHER SHOULD BE WITHOUT A COPY.”
Stanley Cook was born in a South Yorkshire village in 1922. He read English at Oxford and, after teaching in schools in Lancashire and Yorkshire, became a lecturer at Huddersfield Polytechnic. In 1972 he was the winner – from a field of over 1,200 – of the Cheltenham Festival / Sunday Telegraph “Poem For Our Time” (£100) Poetry Prize.