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Poetry in Translation

from Europe and beyond, including our Visible Poets, Arc Translations, Arc Classic Translations, New Voices From Europe and Beyond and Anthologies in Translation series. At Arc Publications, we believe that the importance of translated poetry cannot be overestimated. Reading the poetry of other cultures, countries and backgrounds helps us to understand other points of view. It also gives us an insight into other poetic traditions and allows us to hear unfamiliar voices. Translations of poetry must be poetic translations if they are to help their readers gain understanding, insight, and pleasure from new and exciting work, so we are careful to accept only those translations we consider outstanding.

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Orbita: The Project

Orbita

Orbita: The Project

Orbita, founded in Riga in 1999, is a collective of Latvian poets writing in Russian whose unique work plays at the boundaries between various creative genres and cultures. This volume combines poetry, translation, imagery, web technologies, video and sound to offer a diverse introduction to Orbita's vital and consistently innovative art.

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The Lonely Funeral

ed. F. Starik

The Lonely Funeral

Every year, a large number of people living in our towns and cities - the homeless, suicides, illegal immigrants, junkies, drug 'mules', victims of crime and, above all, old people living alone - are found dead. Sometimes, they are not discovered for weeks or months, and it is often hard to ascertain who they are. Their funerals are held without relatives or friends and acquaintances being present; the only people in attendance are the pall-beares, perhaps someone from the Department of Social Services, the cemetery management and the funeral director. In Amsterdam in 2002, the poet and artist F Starik, deeply moved by the desolation of these solitary funerals, initiated 'The Lonely Funeral' project and seven years later in Antwerp, the Flemish poet Maarten Inghels set up a project of the same name.

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Butterfly Valley

Sherko Bekas

Butterfly Valley

This is an immensely powerful poem, at once lyrical and heart-rending, and Choman Hardi's fine translation at last gives the English-speaking reader the most extensive example yet of his outstanding writing.

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Lives of the Dead: Collected Poems

Hanoch Levin

Lives of the Dead: Collected Poems

Hanoch Levin's poetry stands alone as a single volume in his collected works, which run to fifteen volumes of drama and prose. Levin's poetic voice - mordant, witty, irreverent, erotic and highly satirical, yet also whimsical and delicate - is arresting, distinctive and unusual. When this volume was published in Israel, it proved to be enormously popular and went through three editions in its first year and has continued to be reprinted since.

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On the Edge of a Sword

Kristiina Ehin

On the Edge of a Sword

On the Edge of a Sword is a selection of Kristiina Ehin's latest work - deeply personal, unflinchingly honest, autobiographical poems which, at the same time, are also a heartfelt defense of the right of the Estonian language to exist and flourish in our increasingly anglicised world.

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Drapa

Gerður Kristný

Drapa

Celebrated Icelandic writer Gerður Kristný's Drápa is a novel-poem which takes its form from Old Norse shield poetry and its mood from modern Nordic crime. But the poem is no fiction: it is about a real woman's murder in the city of Reykjavik, and, through this lens, about all women's deaths. This is Viking poetry at its most contemporary.

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The Parrot, the Horse and the Man

Amarjit Chandan

The Parrot, the Horse and the Man

Coming soon...The Parrot, the Horse & the Man, Amarjit Chandan's second full-length collection from Arc, is every bit as compelling and memorable as his first.

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The Play of Waves

Immanuel Mifsud

The Play of Waves

Immanuel Mifsud is one of Malta's most influential writers, and this, his second collection in English translation by the poet Maurice Riordan, confirms his standing internationally as a poet of distinction.

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Memorial to the Future

Volker von Törne

Memorial to the Future

This selection from von Törne's collected poems is particularly significant in that it is a powerful and moving articulation of the psychological burden still carried by countless people today whose voices are not often heard, a burden which von Törne's powerful, poignant and sometimes angry poetry helps us all the better to understand.

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The Song Weigher

Egill Skallagrímsson

The Song Weigher

Egill Skallagrímsson was the most original, imaginative and technically brilliant of the Old Norse skalds, poets whose orally composed and performed verses were as much revered in ninth- to thirteenth-century Scandinavia as heroism in battle.

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