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Salvage At Twilight
RRP: GBP 7.99
ISBN: 978 1 784107 92 5
Categories: 21st Century, American, British, Memoirs
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: October 2019
96 pages (print version)
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: Paperback, eBook (Kindle)
The poet - a man of the world in the widest sense - reflects and in reflection relives the intense experiences that shaped him and that have shaped our modern world. Salvage at Twilight ends with 'Deposition', a harrowing elegy in five parts: the beloved endures 'her Nile of pain'; the lover attends as she is treated, the last scene postponed until the two selves are quite differently refined. His editor has written, 'Dan Burt's poetry, like his prose, explores themes unusual in contemporary literature, using a language that is precise, nuanced and mordant. And he risks traditional forms, his sonnets and quatrains mastered and masterful.'
Praise for Dan Burt '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 'Full of hard-won wisdom and beautiful lines, it's testament to the transforming power of poetry.'
Suzy Feay, the Independent 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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