About the Book
In his compelling new sequence David Pollard attests to the power of poetry to illuminate that final darkness in which a beloved life moves to its close. Profoundly conscious of his Romantic and Modernist forebears, he purges sentimentality and false rhetoric from language in order to register strenuously and truthfully, the consequences of remaining alert, in the presense of death. This is poetry at the threshold of its power - straining, fragmentary, delusional.
With bedbound, Pollard opens a fresh perspective on the art of witness in a manner that is consistently subtle, searching and , above all, unflinching.
About the Author
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 as a Lady David Scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has published The Poetry of Keats: Language and Experience (Harvester and Barnes and Noble) 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 and Risk of Skin (Waterloo Press) and bedbound (Perdika Press) (also translated into Galician). A fourth, Self-Portraits, is forthcoming. He is currently publishing 'The Metamorphosis of Titus' on Leanpub. He has also been published in other volumes and in learned journals and poetry magazines.