By CATHARINE MORRIS
B. S. Johnson is well known for his experimental novels – Albert Angelo (1964), Trawl (1966), House Mother Normal (1971), Christie Malry’s Own Double Entry (1973). Much less well known are his two volumes of poetry (which are out of print) – Poems (1964) and Poems Two (1972). Chris McCabe of the Saison Poetry Library did something to address that neglect last month, hosting an evening of readings and discussion of Johnson’s poetry. In welcoming the speakers – Alan Brownjohn, John Lucas and Julia Jordan – McCabe described Johnson as “a special figure in poetry”. A cult figure, in fact: “I wouldn’t say he’s a popular poet . . . but he is one of those poets whose books get stolen more than others”.