Ken Smith was born on December 4, 1938 in Rudston, Yorkshire. After studying at the University of Leeds he joined Stand as co-editor with Jon Silkin from 1965-72. His first book, The Pity, appeared in 1966 and the most recent is his Collected Poems (Bloodaxe, 2018). He died in London on 27 June 2003. More information can be found in You Again: Last Poems & Other Words (Bloodaxe, 2004).