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The Caprices

James Byrne

The Caprices

The Caprices is a sequence of poems written in response to Goya's Los Caprichos, a series of aquatints in the Prado Museum in Madrid. Each of the 80 poems is illustrated by the etching to which it responds, and shares its title. As James Byrne writes in his introduction: "Goya's Los Caprichos are a series of real-life nightmares that haunt the twenty-first century. [...] Arguably, the world we live in today is more terrifying than Goya's Spain because - in over two hundred years since he created Los Caprichos - we have become more cool about human inhumanity. The echo grows louder, the world becomes more absurd, more criminal and yet, perversely, our collective response all too often verges on the whimsical. Goya, echoing in his deafness, hears our own, capturing all these elements variously throughout his masterwork."

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Not on the Side of the Gods

Anna Crowe

Not on the Side of the Gods

Anna Crowe writes to rescue obscure stories and give a voice to things that have no voice. Her poems celebrate the mystery and diversity of the natural world while mourning its fragility. Birds fly in and out of poems in which lurk extraordinary invertebrates and strange plants; the vulnerability of human lives and family relationships is another concern. One of the foremost translators of Catalan poetry into English, her appetite for language is rooted in her love of music. The Poetry Book Society selectors described her poems as "sinewy and questing, alive with memory and attentive to the interior landscape.

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The Unknown Neruda

Pablo Neruda

The Unknown Neruda

'The greatest poet of the 20th century', Chilean poet Pablo Neruda has been published across the globe. Remarkably, some of this Nobel Prize-winner's verse has never been published in English; this book fills much of that gap. Neruda's poetry is a fusion of beautiful love poetry and politically engaged verse, lyrical and apocalyptic by turns.

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The Iron Flute: War Poetry from Ancient & Medieval China

ed. Kevin Maynard

The Iron Flute: War Poetry from Ancient & Medieval China

This anthology contains first-hand accounts from those involved in the conflicts of ancient China. Many of these poems are translated into English for the first time; they invoke powerful, terrible images of ancient warfare, beautifully brought to life. The poetry within this book spans more than sixteen centuries and includes the work of 50 poets.

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Camp Notebook

Miklós Radnóti

Camp Notebook

Camp Notebook is a masterpiece in its own right, a crucial work of European verse. It is one of the greatest pieces of literature to emerge from the Holocaust, and probably the finest volume of poetry born from the horror of the Second World War.

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Poetry of the Holocaust

ed. Jean Boase-Beier, Marian de Vooght

Poetry of the Holocaust

This powerful, unique anthology contains the poetry of Holocaust victims from across the globe. Not only are members of Jewish communities included, but also people targeted by the Nazis on other grounds -- those politically or religiously opposed to the Third Reich, homosexuals, members of Sinti & Roma communities, or those perceived as disabled.

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Coffee: A Poem

Guillaume Massieu

Coffee: A Poem

L'Abbé Guillaume Massieu, priest turned teacher, gives a witty yet instructive account of the origins of coffee, its real or alleged properties, and how to make the perfect cup, an account which loses none of its sparkle and humour in John T. Gilmore's masterly translation.

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I am a Rohingya

ed. Byrne, Doja

I am a Rohingya

"I Am a Rohingya implores the world to listen to the spirit of a people who have experienced some of the worst human rights abuses on the planet. These poems have no alternative but to speak out, they are from a crisis that must be addressed. There is brilliance in here!"

- John Kinsella

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To the Outermost Stars

Stein Mehren

To the Outermost Stars

Stein Mehren, Norwegian poet and playwright, writes in the language of the heart, weaving his themes and imagery into a kind of baroque music, in poems that swell and fall like symphonies. Writing on love, desire, and despair he combines classical love stories and intimate expressions of love in daily life to create a tapestry of potent emotions.

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Crash & Burn

Michael O'Neill

Crash & Burn

In Crash & Burn, Michael O'Neill describes his treatment for cancer of the oesophagus.

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