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Selected Poems

Georges Rodenbach

Selected Poems

Georges Rodenbach was a leading literary figure during the epoch of symbolism in late nineteenth-century France and Belgium. This is the first-ever collection of Rodenbach's poetry to be published in English translation. He is most famous for his fin-de-siècle novel Bruges-la-Morte (1892), but it is in the lesser-known collections of poetry that his mystical articulation of the ambiance of a decaying Bruges reaches its zenith.

It is no surprise that, after his premature death in 1898, Rodenbach's precise, poignant, delicate yet deceptively muscular poems attracted the likes of Rilke and Proust. These two exceptional diviners of the unacknowledged life secreted within objects and atmospheres, saw in him a fellow explorer, a wholly authentic and uncompromising voice, that articulated an interior landscape of the soul like no other.

It is this voice that English-language readers today can now access through Will Stone's sensitively attuned translation after decades of inexplicable neglect.

Along the quays, beneath the plaintive threnody
of bells, the abandoned water is idle
and flows beneath bridges in silence,
weeping over its grief and inert torments,
lamenting the scattered life that afflicts it...

Georges Rodenbach,
from 'The Water's Heart'

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Twist

Pippa Little

Twist

Twist is a slant look at the connections binding us together - familial, social, political - in poems which range from the curious and disturbing to memories and evocations of the ordinary magic at work in our lives.

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The Arrow-Maker

D. M. Black

The Arrow-Maker

D.M. Black's sensitive attention to emotional states of mind, sometimes his own, sometimes those of others, also extends to more public themes of war and climate change. As always, his forms are various, but there is a predominance now of poems spoken in a thinking voice that remembers the iambic pentameter without being subdued by it.

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Six Georgian Poets

ed. Gaga Lomidze

Six Georgian Poets

A generation of people born in an era of a growing resistance against the strictures of Soviet rule, a generation characterised by challenging the entrenched conformism of thought and action, is represented here by a diverse set of voices, each of which speaks out of an experience both personal and collective, giving us a rare insight into a culture and literature we need to know more about.

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No Bartok Before Breakfast: A Musician's Memoir

John Manduell

No Bartok Before Breakfast: A Musician's Memoir

It is hard to believe that one man could have had so much influence on the musical life not only of the United Kingdom, but of Europe and beyond. Yet the pages of this delightful memoir reveal the extent to which John Manduell's extraordinary vision, his willingness to venture into unknown territory, his ability to think the unthinkable, his wisdom and his persuasiveness have helped to raise the profile of music in so many areas.

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Acres of Light

Katherine Gallagher

Acres of Light

Katherine Gallagher's new collection is bejewelled throughout with haiku-like moments of vivid observation.

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Window-cleaner Sees Paintings

Menno Wigman

Window-cleaner Sees Paintings

The master of pulsing, post-modern poetic rhythms, Menno Wigman's reputation is assured as one of the Netherlands' leading poets. And as perhaps his country's most exciting poet in terms of form: "a craftsman who knows what he wants" in the words of poet Alfred Schaffer. Wigman's second collection won him the Netherlands' coveted Jan Campert prize.

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Xenia

Eugenio Montale

Xenia

In its literary impact, Montale's Xenia, published in 1966 in an edition of just 50 copies, might be described as Italy's Four Quartets.

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The Herring Lass

Michelle Cahill

The Herring Lass

A woman's experience of fragmentation, exile, divorce, motherhood, is an undercurrent to these poems, her words wrestling with the consequence of these events.

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Pages from the Biography of an Exile

Adnan al-Sayegh

Pages from the Biography of an Exile

A politically charged, hard-hitting and thought-provoking collection by one of Iraq's best-known poets, Adnan al-Sayegh. Throughout this collection, Adnan explores the exhausting struggle for acceptance after being forced into exile. Seemingly innocent and lyrical at first, yet infused with darker undercurrents and nightmarish imagery.

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