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Poetry from the UK & Ireland

Over 150 titles of contemporary poetry from the UK and Ireland.

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The Night We Were Dylan Thomas

Mara Bergman

The Night We Were Dylan Thomas

“Like a great photographer, MARA BERGMAN
celebrates the moment and detail at the core
of memory. Together, her poems show the great
changes families experience – the free and fearless
life of a young woman set alongside a dying mother
hanging on so she can hold a great-grandchild, the
one-sided conversations we have with the dead.

Her dynamism is infectious – you are drawn
into this family’s wonder, love, compassion, grief
and happiness. Bergman’s poems remind me of
Pablo Neruda’s belief in the driving force of love:
‘Hold on to that, don’t let it get away …’ and one
of the fi nal poems, ‘The Happiness’, delivers the
book’s message: ‘Before it leaves, I will bury it deep
enough to save.’

After reading these poems, you’ll feel braced and
ready, you’ll feel wiser and more generous, you’ll
want to hold on to moments that contain your own
astonishment.”

JACKIE WILLS

“A welcome and most welcoming varied new
collection of Mara Bergman’s richly textured
and sharply focused poems that explore and
celebrate what she memorably calls ‘the gloriously
ordinary’.”

MICHAEL LASKEY

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Travellers

Michelene Wandor

Travellers

MICHELENE WANDOR’s new poetry collection travels in many directions, through Europe, the Middle East and beyond, with travellers as various as Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, Isabella d’Este and Lucrezia Borgia. Thematically, the poems alight at Greek mythology, gender, and the evergreens of love, anguish, power and tragedy.

The first and final touchpoints lie in the language itself, which is both guide and sustenance. Lyrical, narrative and startlingly evocative, the words and poetic shapes travel down and across pages and spaces, and continue to resonate in mind and memory.

"A rich and remarkable collection"

Alan Brownjohn
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Gravity for Beginners

Kevin Crossley-Holland

Gravity for Beginners

In Kevin Crossley-Holland’s first new collection of poems for six years, time and thought and memory – the breath of life – are the prevailing winds, while much of the ground it inhabits is the ‘heavenly squelch’ of his own north Norfolk where ‘the word on the tip of your tongue may be sacramental’.

Crossley-Holland uncovers not only words but an entire landscape which haunts and is rich in echoes.

Helen Dunmore, The Observer

His language has been honed by the Norfolk and Suffolk climate itself, and has the polish of split flint.

Ronald Blythe

His poetry is accessible yet uncompromisingly contemporary...

John Greening, Country Life

It takes a pause in the familiar current of one's consciousness to come to one's accustomed place afresh and - as Eliot put it - 'know the place for the first time'. [...] The ability to see the essence behind the appearance is an art in which Crossley-Holland has few, if any, equals.

Grahame Davies, Book 2.0
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The Marks on the Map

Brian Johnstone

The Marks on the Map

'The treasure's there / only for the finding.'

Every good poem is an expedition of sorts. In lesser work we are led towards a carefully landscaped revelation which always belongs wholly to the poet, but in the effective poem we're set loose and, following a map partly of our own making, find ourselves at last in a distant corner of ourselves. In The Marks on the Map Brian Johnstone takes us on a remarkable journey, not just to discover what is there, but also what was there, mapping time as well as space. This is one map I would urge readers to follow, because the world through which Johnstone guides us is so utterly moving, so totally familiar and so
entirely new.

John Glenday

Surefooted in his work as cartographer of the overlooked, Johnstone takes us on an
expansive journey in this absorbing collection of tributes, stories and memories as he maps out the effects of time on people and places. Throughout, we encounter that characteristic Johnstone timbre - one of respect, sophistication and, above all, grace.

Rachael Boast

To watch the launch of this book, along with readings by Brian Johnstone, please go to the Arc Sessions.

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Diary of a Divorce

S. D. Curtis

Diary of a Divorce

An unsentimental, forensic account of the breakup of a marriage, told without rancour and with a humanitarian resolution. An exceptional first book.

"The whole pamphlet is heartbreakingly beautiful." Ian McMillan

"... incredibly powerful, forensic and unwavering, and of course word-perfect. I'm very taken by how unexpected so many of your turns of phrase are, the way you move between powerful punches and graceful almost-analytical perspectives. A work of art..." Patrick Mc Guinness

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The Years

Jamie McKendrick

The Years

With a number of highly-acclaimed poetry collections to his name, this well-known poet has produced a chapbook of enigmatic and beautifully-crafted poems, each of which is accompanied by an illustration by the poet who reveals himself as an accomplished artist. This will undoubtedly be a collector's piece.

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A Friable Earth

Jackie Wills

A Friable Earth

Jackie Wills brings a multitude of characters to these poems including a young man sleeping in his car, an amateur entomologist, bird catchers, her jilted aunt, Ray Dorset, the three Robins, the office cleaner, family, friends and several gardeners. Her poems move from the GP surgery to eye clinic, dance studio to allotment, back and forward in time and from Brighton's streets to the landscapes of South Africa. In this collection, a woman caught unawares by a changing body and attitudes as she ages strains to see the funny side of her last smear. But there are also many elegies and tributes to old friends in A Friable Earth, Wills' sixth collection of poems. Her work has been described as irreverent, bewitching, compassionate and surreal. She's written extensively about women's lives. She's also worked an allotment for 20 years.

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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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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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