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Poetry from the UK & Ireland

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

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Dry Stone Work

Brian Johnstone

Dry Stone Work

A grounded yet playful collection from an assured poet, flexing his muscles into newer territory.

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Gangs of Shadow

Michael O'Neill

Gangs of Shadow

When Michael O'Neill senses gangs / of shadow half-beckoning from twilit water, the moment is eerily alluring as well as scary.

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The Spanish-Italian Border

Róisín Tierney

The Spanish-Italian Border

As the title suggests, this is a book that contorts the world we know, oddly fluid and yet grounded in subjects that range from rural Eire to sub-maritime journeys to Southern Spain, from unheard of languages to ghost dogs.

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Woman's Head as Jug

Jackie Wills

Woman's Head as Jug

This is a book of enchantment and observation, presenting the power of simple language to convey large and thrilling ideas, relying on often natural images to convey the political in the personal, the value of love and the depth of impermanence.

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Half-Life

Michael Hulse

Half-Life

Lucid narratives of family dramas, global warming, and conversations with Death make a riveting new collection from this prize-winning poet.

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Natural Chemistry

Michelene Wandor

Natural Chemistry

From fairy tales to the Bible, Jerusalem to Hollywood, Cromwell to the Suffragettes, cafés to graveyards, the reader is taken to iconic times and landmarks, to breathe in the herbs of history.

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Vandemonian

Cliff Forshaw

Vandemonian

The term "Vandemonian" refers to Van Dieman's Land, and Cliff Forshaw's sixth collection focuses on its inhabitants, both human and animal, newcomer and Aborigine, to piece together a fragmentary history of Tasmania.

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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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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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