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Risk of Skin (2011)




patricides (2006)



David Pollard Self-Portraits (2013)

Pollard’s third collection is a virtuoso, volume-length series of imaginary self-portraits that feature artists from ancient Egypt, through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to the present day. Each artist re-instruments the very act of painting or drawing, making marks on a life that persists from the other side of the canvas, glass or other mediums of death. In these imaginative confidings, Pollard’s new amplitude stretches his linguistic brilliance with a human resonance, confirming his unique voice and arguing - perhaps too quietly - for an essential place in British poetry.

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ISBN 978-1-906742-49-2


In his poetry David Pollard displays an uncanny ability to let words collide so as to interrupt their sense, only then to renew their saying power somewhere beyond the limit of fixed speech. His artistry turns words—in his own words—into “glancing letters of illumination craning into the darkness.”
John Sallis

What is the relationship between the painted image and the poetic word? Pollard enters this fray, discovering new poetic voices that allow both artworks and artists, from the ancient to the contemporary, to paint without seeing in the sense that Leonardo claimed that ‘if art is dumb poetry then poetry is blind painting’. Pollard places his poetic imagination in the intermediary space ‘between dumb art and all the ways it speaks,’ creating poetic painterly portraits that breathe new life into the range of poetry’s traditional entitlements and that allow the imagination in the being singular plural of its works to shine forth. This is a major work and a cause for poets, painters, even philosophers, to celebrate. It is a work to which I will return again and again.
Jason M. Wirth

I also enjoyed Pollard’s Michelangelo sonnets, including a whole octet withoutstopping carried off brilliantly!
Peter Brenna

Includes poems about:
Bek, Brother, Rufillus, Maestro, Mateo, Giotto, Fra Angelico, Lippo, Lippi, Bosch, Mantegnada, Vinci Dürer, Cranach, Michelangelo, Raphael, Baldung, Titian, Holbein, Bronzino, Vasari, Tintoretto, Veronese, Anguissola, Barocci El Greco Carracci Oliver, Wtewael, Caravaggio, Rubens, Gentileschi, Poussin, Velazquez, van Dyck, Rembrandt, Rosa, Metsu, Vermeer, Rigaud, Hogarth, Chardin, Reynolds, Fuseli, Goya , David, Gillray, Lawrence, Hazlitt, Blake, Friedrich, Turner, Haydon, Cruickshank, Severn, Delacroix, Palmer, Daumier, Courbet, Rossetti, Pissarro, Manet, Whistler, Cezanne, Rodin, Monet, Gauguin van Gogh Sickert, Hiroshige, Munch, Kollwitz, Matisse Churchill John, Bell, Picasso, Braque, Rivera, Kokoschka, Chagall , Morandi, Lartigue, Kahlo Guttuso, Bacon, Carrington, Freud, Tàpies, Warhol, Wallinger

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David Pollard was born under the bed in 1942 and has been furniture salesman, accountant, TEFL teacher and university lecturer. He got his three degrees from the University of Sussex and has since taught at the universities of Sussex, Essex and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he was a Lady Davis Scholar.

He has published The Poetry of Keats: Language and Experience, a Heideggerian interpretation, which was his doctoral thesis, A KWIC Concordance to the Harvard Edition of Keats’ Letters, a novel, Nietzsche’s Footfalls, and three volumes of poetry, patricides, Risk of Skin and bedbound which has been translated into Galician. He has also been published in other volumes and in learned journals and poetry magazines.

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