Carcanet Press Ltd
In his poem 'Modern Painters' Dan Burt looks at the twentieth century and its aftermath through the shattered lens of Ruskin's famous book and the work of certain modern painters. 'We look like this after things fall apart;/The painting is the autopsy report,' reflecting on two World Wars, stepping over the corpse of the Enlightenment. His poems are steady, hard, truth-telling in the way of the painters he most admires, and proof against sentiment. He matches the scale of his concerns with a substantial large- and small-scale poetic architecture, lyrical, philosophical, elegiac or satirical as appropriate. Dan Burt, a master of traditional forms, has published two chapbooks and an art book. This is his first full collection and includes poems, sequences and his celebrated prose memoir 'Certain Windows'.