The Great Unlearning


The Great Unlearning is a 172 line poem about relationships; with parents, with landscape and with time. It is Adam Horovitz’s second pamphlet.

The first, Next Year in Jerusalem, was published in 2004.

The first edition, limited to 50 copies, has sold out. The second edition, priced £3.50 + £1 p&p, has also sold out. The poem is reprinted in Turning, Adam’s debut collection from Headland, available now.

“…this is poetry as tour de force.” Tom Phillips in Various Artists e-zine – click here to read the full review.

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Helen Keating November 30, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Very many thanks again, Adam, for a wonderful evening at the Bakehouse. It was so good to have superb poety read so professionally, by someone who communicated with the audience, not just there for the money! Hope to see you there another time – I’m sure Chrys will invite you again – she was as pleased with the evening as I was. Your father should be very proud of you!!
Best wishes, Helen.

Peter Benson July 23, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Hi Adam,
Great to see you again, and as we said, let’s swop books. What’s your address? Also, did you poets swop email addresses? If you did, could you let me have Liz Lefroy’s? I want to get a copy of her pamphlet…
Cheers for now,

Gavin September 1, 2011 at 7:07 am

Hi Mr

I don’t seem to have an email for you so I’m contacting you via your blog, hope you don’t mind.

I am writing to ask if you would accept a commission? My Dad will be seventy later this year (mid October) and knowing how much he enjoys the written word, and being a lay poet himself, I couldn’t think of a better or more suitable gift.

Please let me know what you think and if its a commission you would accept let me know your day rate or per-word price.



peter murphy March 30, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Dear Adam
Apologies for this type of communication, I was wondering if you could perhaps help please, and wanted to ask if you might forward your fathers’ contact details.
The reason being, about a million years ago – probably circa 1977 to be exact – your father very kindly suggested he might publish a piece I’d scribbled, but alas was financially going to the tubes.
Now with life getting in between again since 1977, I’ve just competed another epic scribble and wish to get it published. I was therefore looking for some idea as to whom I could approach to send it to, and remembered your father.

The piece in question suggest, is not the usual beach read, something your father and indeed what I’ve just seen – even with the titles of your own work – remains a heartfelt aim, particularly as you might agree, our world of sleep does not require another additional dose to keep us Here.

Yours sincerely
Peter Murphy

Andrew Francis September 7, 2013 at 10:49 am

Hi, Adam,

Much admired and enjoyed ‘Turning’ – thank you. Heard you on BBC R4’s Open Country today/Sat/07-09 about Slad Valley – much enjoyed. As another published poet, I made some comments echoing your own about ‘landscape and the poet’ in my last volume ‘Avebury: rime and time’. Would be happy to send you (gratis) a copy if you can let me have a postal address (agent? PO Box? if you prefer), please. Be encouraged – 1000 nights of Laurie Lee sounds good.
Shalom – Andrew Francis

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