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Bloodhoof

Gerður Kristný

Bloodhoof

Bloodhoof is the re-casting into compulsively spare modern verse of an ancient Eddic poem - but this only begins to hint at its attractions. It is a minimalist epic telling of the abduction of Gerdur Gymisdottir from the land of giants to the court of Freyr of the 'wolf-grey eyes', and the subsequent events culminating in the birth of her son and her hopes of being saved by her own kin.

It is full of iron-hard rocks and ice, serpents in the breast gnawing at the harness of hope, but also wide-reaching fields of corn whispering in the breeze and a throne carved with beasts and dragons-heads. You could read the whole book in perhaps half an hour but it will take many months or years to begin to clear the ghosts and long-dead heroes from your mind.

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As I Said

Lev Loseff

As I Said

These poems are written from across the poet's life, contemplating his native land of Russia from both a literal and a figurative distance, while at the same time casting a sometimes jaundiced eye on the alien culture of America in which he spent the final years of his life. Loseff's poetry excels in complex imagery, rich literary allusion, and is abundant in formal experiment. Whether absorbed by the world of literature (particularly his fellow poets) or relating real-life experiences, Loseff conjures up a restless and frequently disturbing universe.

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Sweet Torture of Breathing

Lorna Thorpe

Sweet Torture of Breathing

This second collection deals with Lorna Thorpe's near brush with death following a cardiac arrest, and the psychic death that preceded it. There are also poems about people who died before their time, but Thorpe is still here and concludes with poems celebrating the sensual pleasures and chaos of love and living in a defiant and vulnerable voice.

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Ai! Ai! Pianissimo

Astrid Alben

Ai! Ai! Pianissimo

In the author's own words:
"She loves a laid-back allusiveness. She loves the unusual. The 'shifting voices'. She thinks the poems might be musical in structure. She loves Debussy. A happiness addict he (from a letter to Poniatoski). The left foot keeps rhythm with the right. It's more about forlorn than about form: the raw desire and an exploration of un-belonging. The eel in surreal. This means they have a deceptively improvised feel. A particular groove. This makes it what is known as authentic. It's all gorgeously erotic. With the lightness of touch that she loves. The moments of original comedy she loves, a rare ability to maintain and withhold tension she loves. She loves."

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Six Latvian Poets

ed. Ieva Lesinska

Six Latvian Poets

An anthology showcasing the generation of Latvian poets who started writing and publishing after the country gained independence following the disintegration of the Soviet Union. All six have been shortlisted for or received the top Latvian literary prizes yet have retained their ability to surprise and refusal to pander to any convention.

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Farewell to the Earth

Christopher James

Farewell to the Earth

In Christopher James' mercurial second collection, Seamus Heaney breaks down in a lane; John Lennon haunts the Great Wall of China while an archaeologist is exhumed sometime in the distant future. This is where the living and the dead intermingle like passengers waiting nervously for a flight.

Reaching from the Humber to the Thames; Cromer to Kathmandu, it's a dizzying and unpredictable world tour that veers in and out of reality like a plane passing through a cloud. In the shadow of environmental disaster and the possibility of dragons, there are more mundane dramas to face too: house moves, family secrets, marriage proposals that do not go to plan, and children woken in the night by rain.

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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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