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Six Macedonian Poets

ed. Igor Isakovski

Six Macedonian Poets

This anthology features the work of six of the finest contemporary Macedonian poets who together represent the breadth and complexity of the country's literary culture.

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The Ballads of Kukutis

Marcelijus Martinaitis

The Ballads of Kukutis

Set in the Stalinist era, when Lithuania's farmers lost everything to the process of collectivization, this book documents the life of the village idiot/trickster Kukutis. Unable to comprehend the strictures of the totalitarian regime, he says and does what he likes and is a potent symbol of freedom until the downfall of communism in Lithuania.

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Saving Spaces

Ian Pople

Saving Spaces

In this, his third poetry collection from Arc, Ian Pople reveals himself as an ecstatic observer of the natural world and a whole-hearted and honest participant in human relationships and the human condition as he undertakes a gentle and understated questioning of both love and faith.

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A Year in the Bull-Box

Glyn Hughes

A Year in the Bull-Box

Glyn Hughes was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer in 2009. He had recently been granted use of an isolated stone hut - the "Bull-Box" - in the Ribble Valley and the time spent there and in its environs was a major part of his healing. This poem sequence describes the experience.

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folk

Tony Curtis

folk

Tony Curtis's new collection grows out of his fascination with the everyday, the quirky, the downright extraordinary. These are poems wrapped up in love and death, friendship
and memory, madness and music - with folk at the heart of every one of them. He has a wonderful ability to express great depth of feeling with deceptive simplicity.

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Claiming Kindred

D. M. Black

Claiming Kindred

Scottish poet D. M. Black's first full collection since his Collected Poems 1964-87 of nearly twenty years ago. He published widely in the 1960s and 1970s, including a volume in the first Penguin Modern Poets series (with Peter Redgrove and D. M. Thomas). Stylistically wide-ranging, this collection is, by turns, moving, direct and idiosyncratic.

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The Book of the Snow

François Jacqmin

The Book of the Snow

Francois Jacqmin is one of Belgium's most influential poets of the twentieth century, and this, his twelfth collection, is inspired by a bleak and beautiful natural landscape, where the falling snow gives rise to a sequence of 112 short poems which are both lyrical and suffused with irony, allusion and paradox.

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A Dart of Green and Blue

Elizabeth Barrett

A Dart of Green and Blue

This is highly-charged poetry - intelligent, honest, unsentimental, exciting - full of surprises and with an unflagging pace and energy from the start. In four sections, the book contains sequences on the death of the poet's mother and the quarrying of Portland stone, as well poems exploring old and new relationships, dying and developing love.

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The Autumn Myth

Joel Lane

The Autumn Myth

Lane's third collection attempts a reality check on the myths and dreams that permeate our world. It attacks the culture of political and corporate mendacity in Britain today and considers the more ambiguous myths that sustain our personal lives. It also explores the human experience of time, the lessons of grief and the evocative power of music.

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Before the Invention of Paradise

Ludwig Steinherr

Before the Invention of Paradise

Ludwig Steinherr is one of the most compelling new voices to have emerged in Germany since the late 1980s and this selection - the first to appear in English - from his 10 poetry collections published between 1985 and 2005 reflects the breadth and depth of his writing, ranging from its post-Celanian darkness to its insistence on light.

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