Reviews and Interviews

Jewish Telegraph - Dan could look after himself in tough Philly by Jason Stein

15th November 2013

THE title of Dan Burt’s memoirs of a tough upbringing in south Philadelphia in the 1940s and 50s is certainly apt.

His 120-page book, You Think It Strange (Notting Hill Editions, £12), provides a detailed insight into a different time for Jews in America.

During the interview, Dan revealed he doesn’t communicate with anyone before midday, is on his fourth wife and admitted his work is “extremely terse”.

Born in south Philadelphia in 1942, he attended a series of state schools before making it to St John’s College, Cambridge, to read English.

The Jewish Chronicle - Family Matters From Age to Age by Peter Lawson

29th March 2013

The superb American poet Dan Burt's We Look Like This deals ironically with common notions of Jewish appearance; an irony reinforced by Frank Auerbach's heavily impastoed portrait, Head of Gerda Boeh, on its cover.

The Times - If You Buy Only One... by Megan Walsh

8th December 2012

I liked Dan Burt's collection We Look Like This (Carcanet, £9.95) in which he picks at his Jewish ancestry, the scars of his father's rage and inexplicable disconnect within some families (news of his brother's death is "less vexing than a tree fall in my garden").


Poetry Archive - A Tour Of The Poetry Archive with Rachel Redford

August 2012

Over the last few years I have listened to many of the Poetry Archive recordings and my six poems are taken from those voices, literal and poetic, which stood out and have remained with me. I wanted my selection to be fresh and contemporary – (only Rubaiyat was published before 2004) – and to reflect the great diversity of voice, content, form and language in the Poetry Archive. I have chosen poets who use language that intrigued, startled, moved me, and who in W.H.Auden’s words ‘say something significant about a reality common to us all.’ . . . .

The Islander - Poet Searches For True Measure Of Success by Earl Brechlin

Arts Section, 9th August 2012

So what are the dreams of a man who has already enjoyed money, and power, and a successful career as an international businessman, and a certain degree of fame? For Dan Burt, it all comes down to being taken seriously as a writer. Mr. Burt, who lives most of the year in London, but who also spends time at his home on Schooner Head in Bar Harbor, will be reading from his latest book "We Look Like This," at the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor on the evening of Friday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m.

In a recent conversation, Mr. Burt talked about his new work which features poems and prose in a style that some critics have described as "muscular," yet which betrays an unexpected sensitivity and gift of perception hidden behind an often dismissive and hard-bitten exterior. "The poet arises and the metaphor grows out of what you see and come to understand," he said of the process he uses to write. "You look for enduring elements under the structures, or in the character of a person," he continued. "From the entrails of reality you find understanding of the fundamental world around you."

The Independent - Certain Windows chosen for Christmas books of the year

18th December 2011

Suzi Feay in The Independent on Sunday, December 18, 2011 chose Certain Windows as one of her eight poetry books of the year for Christmas, writing "A moving prose memoir of a Philadelphia childhood lies at the heart of Dan Burt's Certain Windows (Lintott, £9.95), a generous and affecting work."