Harsent is a much-published poet and has won many awards. He says that this collection was written as a series, not a sequence. They are full of sensory images, and are intensely experienced encounters, full of light and colour.
Salt is the distinctive new assembly of poems by the multi-award winning David Harsent. Resting somewhere between fragment and exposition, these intense and primal pieces stretch out across the measure of the page in utterances of two and three and four and five lines, like a series of fingers opening from a hand. Some extend beyond, to the length of a sonnet, others are a single line; but each piece uniquely completes its own world, and at the same time shades on to the next as a succession of frames and stills and imaginings that lends light and colour in the round. 'The poems in this book are a series, not a sequence,' the author explains. 'They belong to each other in mood, in tone, by way of certain images and words that form a ricochet of echoes - not least the word "salt".' Mineral, eerie, sensory, spine-tingling, the poems in the collection are experienced as encounters - some with the surety of daylight, others in dream-life - 'happenings' that refresh with the turning of each page. Like a set of shared notes or little fictions passed through space from hand to hand, the writings build powerfully to make Salt an unforgettable discovery by this most visionary of writers.