Self-Portrait with the Happiness


Part self-portrait, part love affair, the poems in ‘Self-Portrait with The Happiness’ are obsessed with moments elsewhere. Rural England contends with immense Chinese cities via Thailand and Japan. The effect is a collection which craves the exotic in the everyday: puppeteers communicating through their puppets, sonnets sketched on the snowy rooftops of cars and Chinese dragons flying above the Lakeland fells.

David Tait is one of the most exciting new voices in contemporary poetry, and this eagerly-awaited collection confirms the promise of his pamphlet, Love’s Loose Ends, which won the Poetry Business Competition, judged by Simon Armitage.


David Tait was born in Lancaster in 1985 and now lives in Guangzhou, China, where he works as a teacher. His poems have been published in many magazines including Magma, The Rialto and Poetry Review and he was House Poet at Manchester Royal Exchange between 2010-2913 for the Carol Ann Duffy & Friends Poetry Series.

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