Poet Dan Burt Talk

Poet Dan Burt returns to the Jesup Memorial Library on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m. to read new selections of his work. The poetry he will be reading focuses on cancer, shame and insecurity, along with an elegy – which were recently published in the UK and US, as well as one or two older, heavily revised works he has not read before at the Jesup. He will also read a new excerpt from the second part of his memoir, which will be serialized in PN Review beginning this October. 

Michael Schmidt OBE FRSL, General Editor, of the PN Review, writes “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. The reader learns to trust this uncompromising, illuminating imagination which sees what is rather than projecting a might or would be.”

Burt was born in South Philadelphia, read English at St. John’s College, Cambridge and attended Yale Law School. A lawyer and businessman, his poetry and prose have appeared in PN Review, TLS, The Financial Times, The New Statesman, The Sunday Times, and Granta, among others. Two chapbooks, “Searched For Text” and “Certain Windows” were published by Lintott/Carcanet Press, as well as a collaboration, “Cold Eye,” with artist Paul Hodgson. Carcanet also published “We Look Like This,” a collected edition of his poetry and prose, in. Notting Hill Editions published his memoir, “You Think It Strange,” in the UK in 2014, and Overlook Press published a US edition in 2015. He lives and writes in London, St. John’s College, Cambridge, of which he is an Honorary Fellow, and Schooner Head.

Copies of some of Burt’s books will be on sale courtesy of Sherman’s Books. For more information about Burt visit danburtpoetry.com and for more information on the talk, contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245 or kchagnon@jesuplibrary.org.