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David Herd

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  • David Herd is a poet, critic and teacher. He has given readings and lectures in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, the USA and the UK, and his poems, essays and reviews have been widely published in magazines, journals and newspapers. His collections of poetry include All Just (Carcanet, 2012) and Outwith (Bookthug, 2012), and his recent writings on the politics of human movement have appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, Parallax and Almost Island. He is Professor of Modern Literature at the University of Kent and a co-organiser of Refugee Tales.
    Praise for David Herd 'David Herd's work is a bellwether of the poet's ethical response to present social conditions and the mindful navigation of the porous border -- crossed and re-crossed -- between poetry and the political. Poetry, here, is a resource poured into the cracks of the linguistically-constructed state whose words are power, borders, exclusion, breaking another world open with each expansion and contraction of the lyric line. Then it finds a path – through.'
    Stephen Collis
     'What are we going through? How do we get through this? How saturated are we, through and through, with feelings and political sensibilities in interior exile from our time and place? All these questions and more are evoked in David Herd's subtle and resistantly intelligent work --€“ lyrical and critical at once. Refugees and refusals, refuge and Law, conscience and critique, Agencies and agency, politics and poetics all combine in a pensive work of singular poethical force.'
    Rachel Blau DuPlessis
    'Only a handful of English-language poets are writing as uncompromisingly, and as importantly, as Herd, a poetry of both political and linguistic verve.'
    Anthony Caleshu, PN Review
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