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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.

  • Chapbook forthcoming

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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

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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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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

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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
  • Paperback £11.99 £10.79 available

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Diary of a Divorce

S. D. Curtis

Diary of a Divorce

An unsentimental, forensic account of the breakup of a marriage, told without rancour and with a humanitarian resolution. An exceptional first book.

  • Paperback £7.00 £6.30 available

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Twenty Poems

Kathrin Schmidt

Twenty Poems

This bilingual (German / English) chapbook of 20 poems makes for an exciting introduction to Kathrin Schmidt’s work. Thanks to Sue Vickerman’s daring translations, we are able to appreciate Schmidt’s irrepressible poetic style as she ranges across the themes of gender, identity, the body, eroticism, her own personal history and language itself.

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Europe in Poems

ed. Patrick McGuinness

Europe in Poems

This anthology showcases sixty poets writing in twenty-five languages from countries across Europe. A feat of European intercultural exchange, it is also a fitting celebration of the Versopolis ethos: an extraordinary variety of themes, styles, and subjects finding common ground in a shared idea of what poetry – and a poetry community – can be.

This anthology is published in collaboration with Beletrina Academic Press, Slovenia, part of the Versopolis project.

  • Paperback £14.99 £13.49 available

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On the Nature of the Universe Bk1

Lucretius

On the Nature of the Universe Bk1

• Winner of an English PEN Prize
• A thoroughly modern and entertaining translation of a highly controversial work
• A book that can be appreciated by the non-Latin reader and the academic alike

  • Paperback £11.99 £10.79 available

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The Years

Jamie McKendrick

The Years

With a number of highly-acclaimed poetry collections to his name, this well-known poet has produced a chapbook of enigmatic and beautifully-crafted poems, each of which is accompanied by an illustration by the poet who reveals himself as an accomplished artist. This will undoubtedly be a collector's piece.

  • Chapbook £8.00 £7.20 available

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