D. M. Black

D. M. Black (b. 1941)
Photograph of D. M. Black by Flora Newbigin
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D. M. Black's poetry publications span six decades. He was brought up in St Andrews, and now works as a psychoanalyst in London.  

Full Biography

David Macleod Black was born in South Africa in 1941 and moved to Scotland in 1950. He was brought up in St Andrews.  He has degrees in philosophy from Edinburgh University and in Eastern Religions from Lancaster; in the later 1960s he taught philosophy and literature at Chelsea Art School in London. He went on to train as a psychotherapist at Westminster Pastoral Foundation and then as a psychoanalyst with the British Psychoanalytic Society. He now works in London.

He published four collections of poetry and a handful of pamphlets in the 1960s and 1970s; his work was included in Penguin Modern Poets 11 (1968). Collected Poems 1964-87 was published by Polygon in 1991. Love as Landscape Painter, translations of the Roman Elegies and other poems by Goethe, appeared from Fras Publications in 2007. Claiming Kindred (Arc), his first original collection for 30 years, was published in 2011, since when two more collections have appeared. He has also published on psychoanalytic topics, most recently Why Things Matter: the place of values in science, psychoanalysis and religion (Routledge 2011).  He edited  Psychoanalysis and Religion in the 21st Century: competitors or collaborators? (Routledge 2006).

Further Reading

Selected Bibliography

The Rocklestrakes  (London: Outposts,1960)
From the Mountain  (London: Outposts, 1963) 
Theory of Diet (London: Turret, 1966) 
With Decorum (Lowestoft: Scorpion Press, 1967)
A Dozen Short Poems (London: Turret, 1968) 
(with Peter Redgrove, D.M. Thomas) Penguin Modern Poets 11 (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1968) 
The Educators (London: Barrie and Rockliff, 1969)
The Old Hag (Preston: Akros, 1972) 
The Happy Crow (Loanhead: M. Macdonald, 1974)
Gravitations (Loanhead: M. Macdonald, 1979)
Collected Poems 1964-87 (Edinburgh: Polygon, 1991)
Love as Landscape Painter: selected poems [of J. W. von Goethe] (Blair Atholl: Fras, 2006) 
Claiming Kindred (Todmorden: Arc Publications, 2011)
The Arrow-maker  (London: Arc Publications, 2017)
The Bi-Plane (Edinburgh: Mariscat Press, 2017)

Selected Biography and Criticism

Robin Fulton, Contemporary Scottish Poetry: individuals and contexts (Loanhead: Macdonald, 1974)

Robin Hamilton, Science and Psychodrama: the poetry of Edwin Morgan and David Black (Frome: Bran's Head Books, 1982) 

R. J. C. Watt, 'David (D. M.) Black' in Vincent B. Sherry, ed., Poets of Great Britain and Ireland since 1960, Pt. 1 (Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1985)

Hugh Macpherson, 'D.M. Black', in Scottish Book Collector, Vol. 2, No. 12 (Aug/Sept 1991)