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Categories: 21st Century, British
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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Today is pale. I’d like to make
An intervention now please. Across
The city the traffic never stops
When the winds blow and the seas
And the small rain arbitrates the
Process and the waiting continues
And the watching, I’d like to interrupt.
from ‘Feedback (6)’
The poems in Through resume David Herd’s inquiry into the language of public space taken up in All Just (2012). Here, five extended texts address the ways in which contemporary public language has been rendered officially hostile. Considering the risks that such official hostility poses to human intimacy, Through sets out to register broken affections, to re-explore possibilities of solidarity and trust. Countering the enclosures of public discourse, the poems embrace instead ‘a language in transition’, one in which meaning is multiple, ‘echoing into place a genuine and subsisting relationship’.
Praise for David Herd 'One of the few truly necessary works of poetry written on either side of the Atlantic in the past decade.'
Los Angeles Review of Books 'In an era in which the relationship between poetry and politics is rarely subtle, the quiet but insistent linguistic and thematic complexities of All Just carry a rare quality and one that mark it out as that rare thing in the poetry marketplace: an important collection.'
Nikolai Duffy, The Literateur
'The difficulty of knowing "where one stands" both in space and affect, whether it requires particularising or details, whether one can choose where one stands, is perhaps the condition of being modern and is explored in All Just in a way that is resonant and haunting.'
Ann Vickery, Mascara
'...a tour de force display of wit and technique, terrific poem after terrific poem.'
Poetry Review 'a dizzy and disorienting chain of teasing, clever, breezy challenging, ingratiating, and infuriating poems...there are many poems here that will put a spring in your step, and make your mind dance.'
Tower Poetry 'jumbled and energetic, discursive or elliptical, chatty or terse, provocative but playful, haphazard but probing.'
The Times 'A scintillating first collection of poems.'
Scotland on Sunday
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