R.F. Langley is known for his meticulous observation of the natural world and his highly original poetic voice. This volume brings together his two previous Carcanet collections, Collected Poems (2000) and The Face of It (2007), along with his celebrated but uncollected late poems, including 'To a Nightingale', which won the 2011 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. The book includes a biographical introduction and notes by the editor, and a rare note by the poet on his own compositional practice. Langley kept a careful record of the reading and writing that inspired his poems; this edition is fully annotated with these sources, making it an invaluable guide for readers wishing to explore the visionary imagination of this master craftsman.