David Harsent

Rookie (9 December 1942 / Devon)

David Harsent
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David Harsent has published nine collections of poetry. The most recent, Legion, won the Forward Prize for best collection 2005 and was shortlisted for both the Whitbread Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize. His Selected Poems appeared from Faber in June 2007, and were shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and is a Visiting Professor at Sheffield Hallam University. more »

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From &Quot;A Dream Book&Quot;

Deep reaches of sleep until the unforeseen
moment, like fugue, like petit mal, some kind of sign,

a touch from a joker's finger, to let him know what's right,
what's wrong with the dream-within-a-dream. A sudden, slight

shift in the order of things and all the past undone.
He left what was left of himself in her care that night.



They went to the river and dropped their clothes on the bank.
She struck out. He followed in the long, slow vee of her wake.

She could sound and surface, bringing back with her what
other lovers had dumped: hotel ...

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