BOOK: Hare by Dr Hugh Dunkerley
Dr Hugh Dunkerley, Senior Lecturer in English (Creative Writing)
No fault-line separates the personal or family poems in Hugh Dunkerley's collection from his vivid empathetic observations of the natural world. From the range and close-up acuity he brings to bear on wild creatures it would be easy to cast him as a nature poet, except that he applies the same sensitve and unsentimental attention to the most intimate human concerns. When he notices a dead mole's 'wrinkled human palms' or when the title poem plays a real sense of the hare across a tender moment of touch, there is nothing so crude as anthropomorphism going on. Rather the effect is to remind us all that we are creatures too.
“What I admire about Hugh Dunkerley’s poetry is the spareness and clarity of his language: his ability to tackle the extremities of experience – death, sex, loss, the ruthlessness of nature – with a vision which is unsentimental and yet profoundly moving.” Vicki Feaver
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