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(MA, PhD, UCL)

David Herd is a poet, critic, and teacher. He has given readings and lectures in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, the USA and the UK, and his poems, essays and reviews have been widely published in magazines, journals and newspapers. His collections of poetry include All Just (Carcanet 2012) and Outwith (Bookthug 2012) and his next collection, Through, will be published by Carcanet in 2016. His critical work includes Contemporary Olson (ed.), Enthusiast! Essays on Modern American Literature and John Ashbery and American Poetry and he is currently writing a book on modern poetry and the state of exception. His recent writings on the politics of human movement have appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, Parallax and Almost Island.  In 2011 he co-founded the Sounds New Poetry Festival and he is a co-organiser of the project Refugee Tales. He supervises doctoral projects in the area of Modern Literature and is Head of the School of English at Kent.

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Herd, D. (2016). Through. [Online]. Manchester, UK: Carcanet Press. Available at:
Herd, D. (2012). All Just. Manchester: Carcanet Press Ltd.
Herd, D. (2007). Enthusiast! essays on modern American literature. Manchester University Press.
Herd, D. (2007). The Enthusiast Field Guide to Poetry. Quercus Publishing.
Herd, D. (2005). Mandelson! Mandelson! A Memoir. Manchester: Carcanet.
Edited book
Herd, D. and Pincus, A. eds. (2017). Refugee Tales: Volume II. Manchester, UK: Comma Press.
Herd, D. and Pincus, A. eds. (2016). Refugee Tales. [Online]. Manchester, UK: Comma Press. Available at:
Herd, D. ed. (2015). Contemporary Olson. [Online]. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press. Available at:
Book section
Herd, D. (2018). The Lyric Voice as Ethical Medium: Peter Gizzi and the Contemporary Polis. in: Caleshu, A. ed. In the Air: Essays on the Poetry of Peter Gizzi. Middletown, Connecticut, USA: Wesleyan University Press. Available at:
Herd, D. (2016). To take the whole condition of something: On Prynne reading Olson. in: Brinton, I. ed. For the Future: Poems & Essays in Honour of J.H. Prynne on the Occasion of His 80th Birthday. Bristol, UK: Shearsman Books, pp. 196-215.
Herd, D. (2013). Dislocating Country: Postwar English Poetry and the Politics of Movement. in: Robinson, P. ed. OUP Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 497-516.
Herd, D. (2010). ‘Stepping Out with Frank O’Hara’. in: Hampson, R. and Montgomery, W. eds. Frank O’Hara Now: New Essays on the New York Poet. Liverpool University Press.
Herd, D. (2005). Pleasure at Home: How Twentieth-Century American Poets Read the British. in: Fredman, S. ed. A Concise Companion to Twentieth-Century American Poetry. Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 33-54.
Herd, D. (2004). On the urgencies of love and exclusion. in: Bloom, H. ed. Bloom’s Major Poets: John Ashbery. Chelsea House Publications, pp. 149-153.
Herd, D. (2018). John Ashbery’s Humane Abstractions. Cordite Poetry Review [Online]. Available at:
Herd, D. (2017). “So he who strongly feels, behaves”: Marianne Moore’s ethical detail. Twentieth-Century Literature [Online] 63:475-498. Available at:
Herd, D. (2011). Merely Circulating: The Movement of Persons and the Politics of Abandonment. Parallax [Online] 17:21-35. Available at:
Herd, D. (2010). ‘From him only will the old State-secret Come': What Charles Olson Imagined. English [Online] 59:375-395. Available at:
Herd, D. (2010). ‘That they are there': George Oppen, Alain Badiou, and the Politics of Number. Comparative American Studies [Online] 8:57-76. Available at:
Herd, D. (2007). ‘Tuesday’, ‘How to Breathe’, ‘From the Hut’, ‘Prose’, ‘Disclaimer’[Poems]. Almost Island [Online]. Available at:
Herd, D. (2006). ‘Od poezji do prozy: tradycija sceptyczna w “Trzech poematach”’, przel. Kacper Bartczak'. Literatura Na Swiecie Nr 7-8:168-196.
Herd, D. (2006). Exam Answer.
Herd, D. (2005). ‘Apples’.
Gaffield, N. and Herd, D. (2014). The Eastbridge Variation: Sounds New Performance at Eastbridge Hospital. [Poetry reading].
Herd, D. (2005). ‘Waiting for the mailboat’. The Guardian:25.
Herd, D. (2005). ‘Attention, Shoppers’. Guardian Online:18.
Herd, D. (2005). Cold calls: War music continued. Poetry Review 95:86-88.
Herd, D. (2004). The Beauty of Inflections. Poetry Review [Online] 94:88-90. Available at:
Herd, D. (2004). Polite echoes of other voices. The Guardian [Online]:27. Available at:
Herd, D. (2004). Lay down that history. The Guardian [Online]:30. Available at:
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