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Solar Eclipse 1914

Arseny Tarkovsky

Solar Eclipse 1914

Readers will be deeply grateful to the late Peter Oram for giving new life to the work of a major Russian poet who has never been fully recognized in the English- speaking world – even if his haunting words have been heard in Russian by the millions who have seen his son’s film Mirror.

Arseny Tarkovsky lived through the Soviet period from beginning to end, preserving his inner independence and leaving a precious legacy of memorable lyrics that achieve a dream-like potency of suggestion. Oram’s inventive and beautifully shaped translations combine in an exemplary way poetic freedom and a careful attention to the form and the sentiment of the originals.

Peter France, Professor Emeritus, University of Edinburgh
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The Night We Were Dylan Thomas

Mara Bergman

The Night We Were Dylan Thomas

“Like a great photographer, MARA BERGMAN
celebrates the moment and detail at the core
of memory. Together, her poems show the great
changes families experience – the free and fearless
life of a young woman set alongside a dying mother
hanging on so she can hold a great-grandchild, the
one-sided conversations we have with the dead.

Her dynamism is infectious – you are drawn
into this family’s wonder, love, compassion, grief
and happiness. Bergman’s poems remind me of
Pablo Neruda’s belief in the driving force of love:
‘Hold on to that, don’t let it get away …’ and one
of the fi nal poems, ‘The Happiness’, delivers the
book’s message: ‘Before it leaves, I will bury it deep
enough to save.’

After reading these poems, you’ll feel braced and
ready, you’ll feel wiser and more generous, you’ll
want to hold on to moments that contain your own
astonishment.”

JACKIE WILLS

“A welcome and most welcoming varied new
collection of Mara Bergman’s richly textured
and sharply focused poems that explore and
celebrate what she memorably calls ‘the gloriously
ordinary’.”

MICHAEL LASKEY

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Eye of the Times

Paul Celan

Eye of the Times

There have been many translations of Celan, each reflecting a different angle of approach to what is generally agreed to be his very complex poetry. Celan was known to have a special interest in language, in the way words work and the way in which they can be misused and can misrepresent – this is why he so often revised his poetry. Jean Boase-Beier’s particular approach to translating Celan focuses on his use of words, and her illuminating introduction and her notes contextualizing each of the poems in this chapbook are invaluable in helping the reader to their own interpretation.

To watch a discussion on Paul Celan by Jean Boase-Beier and Philip Wilson, click here.

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Travellers

Michelene Wandor

Travellers

MICHELENE WANDOR’s new poetry collection travels in many directions, through Europe, the Middle East and beyond, with travellers as various as Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, Isabella d’Este and Lucrezia Borgia. Thematically, the poems alight at Greek mythology, gender, and the evergreens of love, anguish, power and tragedy.

The first and final touchpoints lie in the language itself, which is both guide and sustenance. Lyrical, narrative and startlingly evocative, the words and poetic shapes travel down and across pages and spaces, and continue to resonate in mind and memory.

"A rich and remarkable collection"

Alan Brownjohn
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In my Garden of Mutants

Volha Hapeyeva

In my Garden of Mutants

This bilingual chapbook off ers an introduction to the work of the prize-winning Belarusian poet Volha Hapeyeva, in Annie Rutherford’s beautifully modulated translations.

The themes which Volha Hapeyeva deals with are not the easiest: war, death, gender. But she doesn’t make it hard for the reader to follow her lyrical confrontation with these themes. Hapeyeva’s language gains its power from its almost laconic simplicity. Her poetry evokes melody; combativeness exudes from all the text pores of the poems.

Jury's statement on selecting Hapeyeva as the Graz City Writer, 2019/20

To see a specially-commissioned filmpoem of 'And She Dreamt About the Word', click here (with thanks to Annie Rutherford and Volha Hapeyeva).

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Gravity for Beginners

Kevin Crossley-Holland

Gravity for Beginners

In Kevin Crossley-Holland’s first new collection of poems for six years, time and thought and memory – the breath of life – are the prevailing winds, while much of the ground it inhabits is the ‘heavenly squelch’ of his own north Norfolk where ‘the word on the tip of your tongue may be sacramental’.

Crossley-Holland uncovers not only words but an entire landscape which haunts and is rich in echoes.

Helen Dunmore, The Observer

His language has been honed by the Norfolk and Suffolk climate itself, and has the polish of split flint.

Ronald Blythe

His poetry is accessible yet uncompromisingly contemporary...

John Greening, Country Life

It takes a pause in the familiar current of one's consciousness to come to one's accustomed place afresh and - as Eliot put it - 'know the place for the first time'. [...] The ability to see the essence behind the appearance is an art in which Crossley-Holland has few, if any, equals.

Grahame Davies, Book 2.0
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The Marks on the Map

Brian Johnstone

The Marks on the Map

'The treasure's there / only for the finding.'

Every good poem is an expedition of sorts. In lesser work we are led towards a carefully landscaped revelation which always belongs wholly to the poet, but in the effective poem we're set loose and, following a map partly of our own making, find ourselves at last in a distant corner of ourselves. In The Marks on the Map Brian Johnstone takes us on a remarkable journey, not just to discover what is there, but also what was there, mapping time as well as space. This is one map I would urge readers to follow, because the world through which Johnstone guides us is so utterly moving, so totally familiar and so
entirely new.

John Glenday

Surefooted in his work as cartographer of the overlooked, Johnstone takes us on an
expansive journey in this absorbing collection of tributes, stories and memories as he maps out the effects of time on people and places. Throughout, we encounter that characteristic Johnstone timbre - one of respect, sophistication and, above all, grace.

Rachael Boast

To watch the launch of this book, along with readings by Brian Johnstone, please go to the Arc Sessions.

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Trust

Anna T Szabó

Trust

Anna Szabo is a poet of relationships and her poems are striking for their examination of female experience - the body, sex and motherhood – as well as for their philosophical depths. This translation, by the poet Clare Pollard with Anna Szabowill allow English readers to experience Szabo’s intelligent, sensuous voice.

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Hope is Lonely

Kim Seung-Hee

Hope is Lonely

Poetry is a world of the imagination that begins with the loneliness and pain of a first-person persona but does not neglect social pain, but rather accompanies it. Thanks to the poem, the first-person can go beyond the first-person and “I” can become “we.” The eggs, pots, brooms, washing lines, flounders, croakers, and cutting boards that I evoke in my poems are metaphors of fragile and endangered women’s existence, as well as being universal human metaphors. I desperately go rowing across a first-person world in an attempt to reach a universal sea.

Kim Seung-Hee

Kim Seung-Hee is regarded in her native Korea as being radically different from any other Korean poet, male or female, in her choice of themes and poetic expression as this selection from two of her recent collections demonstrates. Her poetry is strongly female and feminist, deeply personal, at times surreal, always humane. As John Kinsella writes: Her poems speak across lives and out of lives rather than of lives, and in this they liberate… Brother Anthony’s beautiful clarity of line and word allows the complexity of the poems…to shine through. This poetry, with its shattering lights, brightens the dark places…

[Kim Seung-Hee's] poems vividly depict the pitiful state of one who relies on a distant gleam of light as they follow a path across dark fields. The darker the language of her poetry seems, the more it becomes a premonition of dawn….

Yeom Mu-Ung, critic
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