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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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Eternal Traffic

Mila Haugová

Eternal Traffic

MILA HAGUOVÁ is one of Slovakia’s most highly-regarded poets, and this, her second full-length collection in English translation from Arc, selects poems from two of her books, the prize-winning Biele rumupisy (White Manuscripts, 2007) and Miznutie anjelov (The Disappearance of Angels, 2008).

Nature, eroticism, memory and loss are inseparably interwoven in these fragile, yet immensely powerful, poems. Haugová’s language is often experimental, yet the emotional thrust of each poem is quite clear. She writes movingly about the end of a love affair, about her childhood experiences (both painful and inspiring), and about the death of her mother; no experience, however distressing, is discarded, since it can only contribute to wider understanding and acceptance.

As James Sutherland-Smith says in the introduction to his finely-crafted translation:
“Mila Haugová writes of the intricacies of human emotions, their revelations and their concealments with an insight very few other poets have ever approached.”

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Sometimes a Single Leaf

Esther Dischereit

Sometimes a Single Leaf

Whether in poetry, fiction, radio drama or sound installations, Esther Dischereit's work represents a unique departure in recent European writing: a distinctive, off-beat syntax of German-Jewish intimacy with the fractured consciousness and deeply rutted cultural landscape of today's Germany. Sometimes a Single Leaf, mirroring the development of Esther Dischereit's poetry across three decades, includes selections from three of her books as well as a sampling of more recent, uncollected poems. It is her first book of poetry in English translation.

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Maps of Desire

Manuel Forcano

Maps of Desire

Manuel Forcano, the outstanding Catalan poet, is a great traveller, and the poems in this, his first full-length book in English translation, embrace the cities, the landscapes and the people of the Middle East. Drawn from his four most recent collections, these poems use geographical and historical references to deepen and inform the narrative, and also to lay before the reader the idea of the continuity, over many centuries, of human love and desire. The beauty, joy, grief and tenderness in these poems are universal and belong to every kind of human affection - indeed Forcano has been described by the Catalan journalist and academic Pere Ballart as 'our foremost love poet'.

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The Unknown Neruda

Pablo Neruda

The Unknown Neruda

'The greatest poet of the 20th century', Chilean poet Pablo Neruda has been published across the globe. Remarkably, some of this Nobel Prize-winner's verse has never been published in English; this book fills much of that gap. Neruda's poetry is a fusion of beautiful love poetry and politically engaged verse, lyrical and apocalyptic by turns.

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The Iron Flute: War Poetry from Ancient & Medieval China

ed. Kevin Maynard

The Iron Flute: War Poetry from Ancient & Medieval China

This anthology contains first-hand accounts from those involved in the conflicts of ancient China. Many of these poems are translated into English for the first time; they invoke powerful, terrible images of ancient warfare, beautifully brought to life. The poetry within this book spans more than sixteen centuries and includes the work of 50 poets.

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Camp Notebook

Miklós Radnóti

Camp Notebook

Camp Notebook is a masterpiece in its own right, a crucial work of European verse. It is one of the greatest pieces of literature to emerge from the Holocaust, and probably the finest volume of poetry born from the horror of the Second World War.

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Poetry of the Holocaust

ed. Jean Boase-Beier, Marian de Vooght

Poetry of the Holocaust

This powerful, unique anthology contains the poetry of Holocaust victims from across the globe. Not only are members of Jewish communities included, but also people targeted by the Nazis on other grounds — those politically or religiously opposed to the Third Reich, homosexuals, members of Sinti & Roma communities, or those perceived as disabled.

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Coffee: A Poem

Guillaume Massieu

Coffee: A Poem

L'Abbé Guillaume Massieu, priest turned teacher, gives a witty yet instructive account of the origins of coffee, its real or alleged properties, and how to make the perfect cup, an account which loses none of its sparkle and humour in John T. Gilmore's masterly translation.

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To the Outermost Stars

Stein Mehren

To the Outermost Stars

Stein Mehren, Norwegian poet and playwright, writes in the language of the heart, weaving his themes and imagery into a kind of baroque music, in poems that swell and fall like symphonies. Writing on love, desire, and despair he combines classical love stories and intimate expressions of love in daily life to create a tapestry of potent emotions.

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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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