Poet in Residence
David TaitNanjing, China
David Tait lives in Guangzhou, China, where he works as a teacher.
His poems have been widely published in magazines and anthologies including Ambit, Magma, Poetry Review and The Rialto and his pamphlet Love's Loose Ends won the Poetry Business pamphlet competition (as judged by Simon Armitage) in 2010.
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In early 2017 I had the good fortune to come back to the UK to undertake a Clarissa Luard Award Residency at The Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere
David Tait is the author of four Smith|Doorstop collections: ‘Love’s Loose Ends’; ‘Three Dragon Day’; ‘Self Portrait with The Happiness’ and ‘The AQI’.
A number of my students love watching Game of Thrones and a number of the younger students quote from it directly.
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“Reading for a competition is similar to browsing a bookshop, except hopefully more thorough. I suppose I look for the poems that surprise me, trouble me, challenge or console me; the ones I wish I’d written …”
A poetry pamphlet is a beautiful endeavour; it is a larger canvas than a single poem, and easier to sustain than a full collection. As a writer, it allows you to approach a thing from all sides, or take one approach and deepen or develop it, experimenting beyond the confines of forty lines without committing yourself to forty poems…
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