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Imprint: Lintott Press
Publisher: Lintott Press
Paperback (72 pages)
(Pub. Apr 2011)
Certain Windows is Dan Burt’s second chapbook collection. It includes poems, sequences and the title prose, a vivid memoir evoking a harsh formative world. Among others, the poet’s father comes alive here and in the poems, a powerful, hard and sympathetic figure with the wisdom of the man of action.
Dan Burt is a master of traditional forms, memorable lines, which continue accruing sense and pleasure with each reading. The scale of his concerns is matched, in the sequences, by a substantial formal architecture, and an answerable narrative informs each poem. In Certain Windows the dominant notes are elegiac and philosophical and he is rigorously unsentimental in his retrospects and unillusioned in his sense of the natural and social worlds.
'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 'Full of hard-won wisdom and beautiful lines, it's testament to the transforming power of poetry.'
Suzy Feay, the Independent Praise for Dan Burt 'Admirably gutsy and hearty... revealing a gift for lively mimetic narrative'
Rory Waterman, TLS
'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 This is a major debut. Burt's tough, terse language explores the human truth reached when all protective skin is stripped away.
Elaine Feinstein, The Times, 26th May 2012. '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.'
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