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We Look Like This
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Categories: 21st Century, American, British
Imprint: Lintott Press
Publisher: Lintott Press
(Pub. Apr 2012)
(Pub. Apr 2012)
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We look like this after things fall apart;
The painting is the autopsy report
From an inquest where war took the part
from ‘Modern Painters’
With CD from the Poetry Archive
We Look Like This anatomizes how history, violence, power, lust and mortality work on us. Burt's formal, muscular language evokes a world of war, want, cruelty and hope, as well as childhood among ‘tough Jews’ in Philadelphia, dominated by his father Joe, son of Ukrainian immigrants, butcher, boxer and, late in life, coastal fisherman. Joe's last world, Barnegat inlet and the sea off the New Jersey coast, are counterpoint to and salvation from hard streets for father and son.
Cover painting Frank Auerbach, Head of Gerda Boehm, 1978–9 (detail). Oil on board, 56.5 x 71.1 cm (22 1/4 x 28 in). Private collection. Copyright © Frank Auerbach, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art. Photograph courtesy of Yvonne Burt.
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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 '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
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