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Fate's Little Pictures

Larissa Miller

Fate's Little Pictures

Fate's Little Pictures is the latest bilingual poetry pamphlet by Larissa Miller, published by Arc Publications.

Larissa Miller (b. 1940) is a major Russian poet and essayist, a member of the Union of Russian Writers since 1979, and of Russian PEN since 1992.

Author of 23 books of poetry and prose, she was short-listed for the State Prize of the Russian Federation in Literature and Art in 1999, and in 2013 was awarded the Arseny and Andrei Tarkovsky Prize.

Her autobiographical novel Dim and Distant Days was published in English translation by Glas in 2000, and a volume of selected poems entitled Guests of Eternity was published by Arc in a bilingual edition in 2008. A further bilingual poetry pamphlet, Regarding the Next Big Occasion, was published by Arc in 2015.

Larissa Miller is also a teacher of English, and of a musical gymnastics system for women named after its creator, the Russian dancer Lyudmilla Alexeeva.

She is married, with two sons, and lives in Moscow with her husband Boris Altshuler, a physicist and human rights advocate.

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Beautiful Things

Menno Wigman

Beautiful Things

The Dutch poet, anthologist and translator Menno Wigman died in 2018 at just fifty-one, several years after being diagnosed with a rare heart condition likely caused by an allergic reaction suffered in his adolescence.

This memorial pamphlet is intended as a tribute to the poet and as a companion to Window-cleaner Sees Paintings, my selection of Wigman's poetry published by Arc in 2016.

While still young, Wigman had made a conscious decision to dedicate himself to literature. Later, in poems like 'Misunderstanding' and 'Rien ne va plus' he described poetry as "a sickness that afflicts a coterie of fools" and a blight that estranges the poet from everything around, leaving them skulking inside a poem until they've "seen some dismal beauty"... There is a certain incongruity to his expressing this negativity in beautiful, moving poems, subsuming it within his work as a whole, but the flood of obituaries and appreciations and renewed attention for his life and work have made it very clear just how much the two were of a piece.

Although the future development of a poetic reputation is impossible to predict, the interest in and appreciation of Wigman's work have only grown since his death, with the publication of a very well-received Collected Poems and the commissioning of a biography by the Dutch novelist Rob van Essen. For now, at least, Menno Wigman's position as one of the most loved and admired of modern Dutch poets seems more secure than ever.

David Colmer

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Skald - Sword & Sea-Cloud

Ian Crockatt

Skald - Sword & Sea-Cloud

The poet Ian Crockatt has published two superb translations of Viking poetry with Arc- Crimsoning the Eagle's Claw: the Viking Poems of Rognvaldr Kali Kolsson, Earl of Orkney and The Song Weigher: the Complete Poems of Egill Skallagrimsson, Tenth Century Viking & Skald - and in this chapbook he uses the same highly-wrought form developed by the Skalds (the professional poets employed by the kings and earls of the Viking courts of the 9th to 13th centuries) to tell a quasi-Viking tale set in the landscapes and seascapes once under Viking control - the West Coast of Scotland where he used to live, and the north-east corner of Scotland where he now lives.

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Smithereens

Tariq Latif

Smithereens

Evocative, spiritual poems from a Pakistan-born poet living and working in the Scottish Highlands.

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Regarding the Next Big Occasion

Larissa Miller

Regarding the Next Big Occasion

Larissa Miller (b. 1940) is a major Russian poet and essayist, a member of the Union of Russian Writers since 1979, and of Russian PEN since 1992.

Author of 23 books of poetry and prose, she was short-listed for the State Prize of the Russian Federation in Literature and Art in 1999, and in 2013 was awarded the Arseny and Andrei Tarkovsky Prize.

Her autobiographical novel Dim and Distant Days was published in English translation by Glas in 2000, and a volume of selected poems entitled Guests of Eternity was published by Arc in a bilingual edition in 2008.

Larissa Miller is also a teacher of English, and of a musical gymnastics system for women named after its creator, the Russian dancer Lyudmilla Alexeeva.

She is married, with two sons, and lives in Moscow with her husband Boris Altshuler, a physicist and human rights advocate.

  • Paperback £6.00 £5.40 available

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