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A Trick of Sunlight
Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (64 pages)
(Pub. Aug 2007)
Dick Davis’s seventh collection contains poems as intelligent and graceful as ever – and as immediate in their impact, as rewarding when savoured at leisure. Their complexities engage rather than bemuse the reader as Davis addresses subjects as various as growing older, love’s vagaries, clashes of culture, characters from history, the illuminations of art – and the idea of happiness.
Awards won by Dick Davis Winner, 1981 Royal Society of Literature Award (Seeing the World)
Praise for Dick Davis 'Original poetry and translated Persian verse weave together into a single life, translation as border and
A.E. Stallings, The TLS
'...throughout Love in Another Language, a strange perfusion of elements is at work, at once familiar and exotic; there are bizarre depths, weird echoes, beneath the seemingly traditional and seemingly quite "English surfaces of the poems... Dick Davis's collected poems of over forty-three years constitute what the great Persian poet Nizami called a "makhzan-i-asrar", a treasure-house of mysteries and perfected marvels.'
Eric Ormsby, the TLS
'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.'
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