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The John Rylands Research Institute

Imogen Durrant

The Progressive Verse of ASJ Tessimond and Dawson Jackson

Imogen’s research focuses on two Mid-20th Century British poets, ASJ Tessimond and Dawson Jackson. Marginalised from the mainstream literary scene during their lifetime, these writers speak to modern audiences in their exploration of ecological and social concerns in their verse. Their radical depictions of man’s alienation from nature and society challenged social and political conventions, while Jackson also diverged from formal poetic structures by innovating a short-line verse form. 

Imogen’s work is centred upon the Dawson Jackson Papers at the John Rylands Library and the Tessimond Archive at the University of Liverpool, two substantial archives which have yet to receive extensive academic attention.  She is funded by the AHRC through the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership.

Imogen completed an MA in English and American Studies at the University of Manchester in 2015, focusing her dissertation on British and American Countercultural poets in the 1950s and 1960s.