Anna T. Szabo is one of Hungary’s most exciting poets, and this Selected, her first in English, draws on seven collections written over twenty years. The poems are striking for their passionate examination of female experience as well as their philosophical depths. Szabo is a poet of relationships, whose subjects are intimacy and betrayal. Clare Pollard is a UK poet whose work touches on many similar themes, and this collaborative translation will allow English readers to experience Szabo’s intelligent, sensuous voice.
Write only what pierces and surprises, says Anna Szabo in this riveting collection that lives up to its own advice. Domestic life is reinvented as the elemental and visceral plane of existence we all secretly know it to be, and the richness of Szabo’s work is given full expression by Clare Pollard’s unflinching translation. Szabo deserves a wide audience in the UK: Trust is a book to bring it to her.
Published April 2021