In Stranger we journey from people to places, visiting creatures, objects and conditions, all of which are odd, slightly off-kilter, seen from a unusual perspective… Linguistically deft and formally inventive, the poems challenge us to reflect on the stranger in our midst, conceptions of social and personal estrangement, the strangeness of everyday life and what we might take as apparitions. With sections introduced by translations of Chinese Sung Dynasty poetry, the poems move between brief aperçus to longer meditations. Original, haunting, alive to our current global situation, even at their most oneiric, these are inventive poems brimming with integrity from a distinctive voice.
David Punter is a poet and academic who has has published seven previous poetry pamphlets: China and Glass, Lost in the Supermarket, Asleep at the Wheel, Foreign Ministry, Selected Short Stories, Bristol: 21 Poems and Those Other Fields. He has had poems published in a wide variety of magazines in the UK and abroad, including PN Review, Encounter, Thames Poetry and The Puckerbrush Review. He has taught literature in England, Scotland, China and Hong Kong and his most recent post was as Professor of Poetry at the University of Bristol.