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Devices and Desires

New and Selected Poems

Dick Davis

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ISBN: 978 0 856462 07 8
Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Published: May 1980
220 x 140 x 7 mm
128 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • Devices and Desires is Dick Davis’s selection from his three earlier books, together with twenty-three new poems. This collection by one of England’s most original, yet traditional, poets demonstrates the range of themes which he commands, and the gift for clear, memorable and subtle writing which has won a wide readership for his poetry.

    Dick Davis was born in Portsmouth, England, in 1945, and educated at the universities of Cambridge (B.A. and M.A. in English Literature) and Manchester (Ph.D. in Medieval Persian Literature). He lived in Iran for eight years from 1970 to 1978, and also for some time in both Italy and Greece. He ... read more
    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 as invitation.'
    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.'
    Thom Gunn
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