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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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My Country's Hair Turned White

Dilawar Karadaghi

My Country's Hair Turned White

Dilawar Karadaghi is one of the most important contemporary Kurdish poets and his work is marked by the long years of persecution, marginalization and struggle that are part of the Kurdish experience. The poems in this short selection are full of longing, sadness, loss and, in the final poem, anger, as the poet remembers the devastating chemical attack on Halabja in 1988 in which his ‘country’s hair turned white’.

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Vanishing Points

Lucija Stupica

Vanishing Points

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Dreaming of an Ancient Country: Passages from Virgil's Georgics

Virgil

Dreaming of an Ancient Country: Passages from Virgil's Georgics

Virgil wrote The Georgics in the 30s BCE at a time of political uncertainty in the Roman state and although country matters are to the fore in the selections chosen and translated in this chapbook, there is also from time to time an underlying sense of unease. The passages from Books 1, 2 and 3 deal with farming and animal husbandry and, from Book 4, with bee-keeping. The chapbook ends with the concluding passage of Book 4, Virgil’s beautiful telling of the story of Orpheus and Euridice. This translation from the Latin by the poet Fred Beake makes for very entertaining reading.

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Czernovitz - Charmovitz

Aneta Kaminska

Czernovitz - Charmovitz

Aneta Kamińska is a Polish poet, author of
eight volumes of poetry. She has a wonderful
ear for language and her specialty is poetry
brimming with linguistic games. She is also a
prolific translator of contemporary Ukrainian
poets. This chapbook presents a selection of
Kamińska’s own poetry from across the years.

Through the fracturing of language, with
word and sound-play or othertimes a deceptive
simplicity, Kamińska’s poems pull us up short
with their visceral honesty. Whether she
is writing about the female body, a Jewish
cemetery, the pandemic or the invasion of
Ukraine, her poems are at once fierce and
intimate. She is a unique voice which cannot
be ignored, its freshness and immediacy
discovered and relayed to us in ingenious ways
by her translators.


Maria Jastrzębska
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The Day's Ration: Selected Poems

Gilles Ortlieb

The Day's Ration: Selected Poems

For Gilles Ortlieb, the day’s ration is hard won. He
takes the art of noticing to a new level, petrifying us
with moments of bleakness and ushering us out of them
through his humanity. He states things as they are, with
exactitude, with authenticity, and with humour and his
voice is compelling. Ortlieb is among the very best poets
writing in France today, and this bi-lingual selection
of his work will cement his growing reputation in the
anglophone world.

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If I Only Knew

Nelly Sachs

If I Only Knew

Known as a poet who spoke of the history
and suffering of the Jewish people, Nelly
Sachs was, at the time she was awarded the
Nobel Prize for Literature in 1966, highly
regarded in her native Germany, frequently
being described as a poet of reconciliation and
healing, although whether she was is open to
debate.

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The Cerulean Bird

Matilda Olkinaite

The Cerulean Bird

Matilda Olkinaitė was only 19 years old
when, in 1941, she was murdered by Nazi
collaborators in her native Lithuania.

Many of the poems in this chapbook were
written in a notebook that remained
hidden for decades.

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Columns

Nikolai Zabolotsky

Columns

When Columns, a slim volume of poems written by an unknown young Russian poet named Nikolai Zabolotsky, appeared in 1929, it took the literary world of Leningrad [St. Petersburg] by storm. Zabolotsky was not part of the city’s artistic elite, having arrived
in Leningrad from the provinces only eight years earlier, but the privations and confusion he found in the city following the 1917 Revolution and ensuing civil war stimulated his poetic imagination.

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Tristia

Osip Mandelstam

Tristia

Osip Mandelstam’s second collection of poems,
Tristia, astonished Russian readers in 1922 with its
daring verse forms and meditations on revolution,
exile, death and rebirth.

Thomas de Waal’s new translation gives the
English-language reader the chance to experience
the entire collection for the first time.

“Thomas de Waal offers the English-reading
public a precious jewel box: the gift of an elegant,
supple translation of Osip Mandelstam’s Tristia.
The collection is vividly introduced, and
accompanied by an incredibly helpful – and
never burdensome – set of comments to delight
both those readers new to Mandelstam
and those who, like myself, have long
loved his verse. It is difficult to believe that
we had to wait over a hundred years for the
first complete English translation of a masterpiece
of twentieth century poetry which rivals that
other great product of 1922, T. S. Eliot’s
The Wasteland.”

Vesna Goldsworthy
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Nightwalker's Song

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Nightwalker's Song

JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE was a monumental European presence – dramatist, impresario, novelist, essayist, scientist, administrator and extraordinarily prolific poet. This selection from his early and middle years includes the ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ (the title of which became famous a hundred years later through Dukas’ well-known orchestral piece) and also highlights the dramatic element in Goethe’s poetry (a speech from Faust and a monologue from an unfinished play about Prometheus). Several poems set to music by Brahms and Schubert are also featured.

John Greening’s ingenious translations offer refreshing new angles for those who are already familiar with Goethe’s poetry and are an excellent introduction for those coming to it for the first time.

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