Risk of Skin
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Risk of Skin

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Risk of Skin

Five years since his stunning late debut, patricides, David Pollard returns with a volume showing explosive, protean diversity. Clearly taking up from there, this second collection marks a kind of gimel, the early polyphonic way of showing how harmony enriches by dividing into different voices. Styles here bounce off each other as if fighting for possession.

A stone-setting of obituaries, history (particularly revolutionary) and Pollard’s familiar creativity/death nexus, enriches this more peopled collection. The exploration of painting and particularly music is a Pollard keynote. It is this inner-part voicing, so intent in Pollard, evident in his readings but shouting between the singular line breaks, that marks his uniqueness.

Open to Oppen, but engaging with Keats’s circle in his large end-sequence, Pollard reveals a playful historical imagination. It’s in a wholly epistolary sequence with spare, accessible language infused with Pollard’s insights. It’s also an ideal place to access Pollard’s world, over-spilling with sad, individual nuances: a drastic re-visiting of his very honed language.

Many poems here are about death – in general, of god - Nietzschian and Christian crucifixion. Above all, of the death of the poet’s father and the absence of the dead for those left behind and even the absence of god. All of these interact and ride Pollard’s ever more poignant – and frantic - mastery.

About the Author

David Pollard
David Pollard

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.

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Table of Contents

  • I
    • Scroll of Darkness
    • LÕhomme Machine
    • The Cleric
    • Late Autumn Ghosts
    • The Site of Love
    • Unsnagged
    • Risk of Skin
  • II
    • Michelangelo’s Captives
    • Michelangelo’s Pietà
    • Heiliger Dankgesang
    • Schubert
    • Measure the Word by Water
    • The Composer
    • Bacon
  • III
    • Brought Death into the World
    • Kaddish I
    • Kaddish II
    • Failure
    • Gam zu l’Tovah
    • The Cemetery
    • The Stoic
    • The Ascetic
    • The Unseen Mirror
  • IV
    • Robespierre
    • Talleyrand
    • Princip
  • V
    • Beryl I
    • Beryl II
    • Pepe
    • John
    • Her Very Ecstasy
    • No More
    • Confession
  • VI
    • Keats’ Letters
      • 1. George Felton Mathew to Thomas Hammond
      • 2. Leigh Hunt to William Haslam
      • 3. Brown to Haydon
      • 4. Hayden to Brown
      • 5. Isabella Jones to Fanny Brawne
      • 6. Woodhouse to Hayden
      • 7. Taylor to Fanny Brawne
      • 8. Brown to Mrs Dilke
      • 9. Reynolds to Dilke
      • 10. Woodhouse to Taylor
      • 11. Severn to Fanny Brawne
      • 12. Dr Clark to Leigh Hunt
    • General Notes
      • Notes on the poems
    • Biography of the author:
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