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Dick Davis

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  • Dick Davis was born in Portsmouth, England, in 1945. After graduating from King’s College, Cambridge he taught in various places including Iran, where he lived for eight years. He was Northern Arts Literary Fellow at Durham and Newcastle from 1985 to 1987. With his wife Afkham Darbandi he translated Attar’s The Conference of the Birds for Penguin Classics. In addition to seven collections of his poetry, he has published prose translations from Italian and other Persian translations including works by the medieval poets Ferdowsi and Fakhraddin Gorgani. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a professor of Persian at Ohio State University.

    Dick Davis has also contributed an appreciation of Matthew Mead’s poetry to The Autumn-Born in Autumn.

    'It is marvelous to find a poet whose poetry lives through its metre. His handling of it is masterful, and you are never aware of the effort. And the language is exact but relentless, like the perceptions . . . Davis is one of the best poets around.'
    Thom Gunn
    Awards won by Dick Davis Winner, 1981 Royal Society of Literature Award (Seeing the World)
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