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Kent poet receives critical acclaim for ‘All Just’

David Herd - All JustAll Just, the latest collection of poetry by David Herd, Professor of Modern Literature at the University of Kent, has been described as ‘one of the few truly necessary works of poetry written on either side of the Atlantic in the past decade’ by the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB).

Placing Professor Herd’s work in both the British and American poetic traditions, the LARB’s reviewer describes All Just as an ‘important book…because it seeks a kind of active citizenship from its readership, an ambition that speaks volumes for Herd’s faith in poetry at a time when the mode is too often and too lazily dismissed’.

Set against the backdrops of Dover and London, All Just’s subject is the divisive politics of modern citizenship. Working serially across the collection, the book’s poems test and address the contemporary languages that shape and restrict human movement and intimacy.

Peter Brown, Head of the University’s School of English, said: 'The School of English at Kent has a fast-growing reputation as an exciting and dynamic hub for poetry production, performance and cross-genre events and festivals. Our Centre for Modern Poetry is creating new audiences for poetry and, in the case of All Just, provoking discussion about what it means to be a citizen.'

David Herd is Professor of Modern Literature in the School of English. He works in the area of modern literature, with emphasis on poetry and its relation to questions in politics and philosophy. As well as All Just (Carcanet, 2012), Professor Herd has also published Enthusiast! Essays on Modern American Literature and John Ashbery and American Poetry. He is a co-founder of the Sounds New Poetry festival and currently directs the School of English’s Centre for Modern Poetry. Professor Herd has also recently appeared at London’s South Bank Centre as part of the Royal Festival Hall’s ‘The Rest is Noise’ festival.

The Los Angeles Review of Books is at the forefront of contemporary literary discussion. Its latest review of All Just brings further international recognition to Professor Herd’s second volume of poetry following critical acclaim for his work in Britain and Australia.


Story published at 9:37am 15 November 2013

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