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Dan Burt

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  • Dan Burt was born in South Philadelphia, read English at St. John’s College, Cambridge and attended Yale Law School. A lawyer and businessman, his poetry and prose have appeared in Poetry Review, PN Review, TLS, The Financial Times, The New Statesman, The Sunday Times, Granta, Commonweal, Clutag Press Five Poem Series, The Forward Book of Poetry (best poems of 2013), The Poetry of Sex (Penguin Anthology), The Institute News Letter (Institute for Advanced Study), Courtauld News, and New Poetries V (2011) amongst others. Two chapbooks, Searched For Text (2008) and Certain Windows (2011) were published by Lintott/Carcanet Press, as well as a collaboration, Cold Eye, with artist Paul Hodgson, (Marlborough Graphics/Lintott Press, 2010). Carcanet published We Look Like This, a collected edition of his poetry and prose, in May 2012. Notting Hill Editions published the UK edition of his memoir, You Think It Strange, in 2014, and Overlook Press the US edition in 2015. The Poetry Archive has twice recorded him reading his work. He lives and writes in London and St. John’s College, Cambridge, of which he is an Honorary Fellow.

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    Praise for Dan Burt  'Dan Burt's poems are strikingly ambitious. His language is terse to the point of brutality; the verbs ferocious, often monosyllabic; his core conviction, formed by the history of the twentieth century and a lifetime in a non-literary world, is of '€˜the curtain falling on the Enlightenment'.'
    Elaine Feinstein
    'His language is terse to the point of brutality; the verbs ferocious... his core conviction, formed by the history of the twentieth century and a lifetime in a non-literary world, is of "the curtain falling on the Enlightenment".' Elaine Feinstein, PN Review  'the verse flexes muscle after muscle. Burt is excellent on place and occasion... The writing... can hover and dance. It has genuine grace. Certain Windows is a very good book...'
    George Szirtes, Poetry Book Society
      'Dan Burt investigates the gaps between people, their cultures, their places of living. Between new and old worlds, between lives of deprivation and comfort, between inner and outer selves, there is something gritty and disturbing working away. From cynicism and anger to deeply felt and even traumatic elegy, these are the revelations and considerations of a life and the lives that contribute to and make one's own. In poems and prose that reach deep down into the reservoir of human loss, distress and need, comes hope. He is a writer of intensity and passion who is able to be wry when needs be. There are the costs, but there is also renewal.'
    John Kinsella
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