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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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Before the Invention of Paradise

Ludwig Steinherr

Before the Invention of Paradise

Ludwig Steinherr is one of the most compelling new voices to have emerged in Germany since the late 1980s and this selection - the first to appear in English - from his 10 poetry collections published between 1985 and 2005 reflects the breadth and depth of his writing, ranging from its post-Celanian darkness to its insistence on light.

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Ljubljana

Meta Kušar

Ljubljana

Ljubljana, in all its beauty, history, modernities and anachronisms, is Meta Kusar's city, her constant home which has become her muse. This sequence of 77 untitled poems opens a door onto different aspects of Ljubljana, revealing the contrasts and contradictions one might expect to find in a city, yet full of wisdom and beauty too.

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The Scent of Your Shadow

Kristiina Ehin

The Scent of Your Shadow

Rooted in an ancient folk song tradition, Kristiina Ehin's poetry is both universal and deeply personal; her language is direct and simple, yet she expresses herself so vividly that her joys and sorrows become the reader's own. These poems, beautifully translated by Ilmar Lehtpere and selected from her most recent collection, were written over 2 years, beginning shortly before the birth of her son.

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Shape of Time

Doris Kareva

Shape of Time

Doris Kareva is Estonia's leading female poet, and her work has been translated into over 20 languages. Her eleventh collection, Shape of Time, is more restrained in style than her earlier works, but its themes are the same - love and its great enemies, death and time - and the poems retain the romantic bravado that makes her work so compelling.

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No Other World: Selected Poems

Kunwar Narain

No Other World: Selected Poems

In a beautifully-modulated translation by his son, Narain's first full-length collection to be published in the UK is selected from five volumes over five decades. Inspired by characters, legends and events in India's rich history, or by life on earth in all its forms, Narain writes with a wisdom and humanity that is both compassionate and moral.

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New Order: Hungarian Poets of the Post 1989 Generation

ed. George Szirtes

New Order: Hungarian Poets of the Post 1989 Generation

A major new anthology of Hungarian poets of the post-1989 generation, published in a bilingual edition with an introduction by George Szirtes. It features István Kemény, Szilárd Borbély, András Imreh, Mónika Mesterházi, Krisztina Tóth, Virág Erdos, János Térey, G. István László, Anna T. Szabó, Tamás Jánós, Orsolya Karafiáth and András Gerevich.

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Sonata for Four Hands

Amarjit Chandan

Sonata for Four Hands

Amarjit Chandan's long-awaited first full-length collection to be published in Britain comes with a preface by the distinguished writer John Berger, long-time admirer of Chandan's work. Ironic, lyrical, sometimes angry or regretful, these poems, written in Punjabi but by a poet settled in Britain, add a new dimension to contemporary poetry.

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Whispers and Breath of the Meadows

Razmik Davoyan

Whispers and Breath of the Meadows

Davoyan is Armenia's most significant living poet whose work reflects the experiences of an old nation and at the same time speaks of the struggles, hopes and aspirations of contemporary Armenia. His fresh, eminently readable poetry affords the English-language reader access to an unfamiliar yet fascinating way of life and culture.

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Six Slovak Poets

ed. Igor Hochel

Six Slovak Poets

Featuring six of Slovakia's leading poets - Jan Buzassy, Mila Haugova, Kamil Peteraj, Daniel Hevier, Peter Repka and Ivan Strpka - with an introductory essay by Igor Hochel which sets the poets within a wider literary context. This is a bi-lingual edition, with the Slovak original and John Minahane's translation into English on facing pages.

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Cold Spring in Winter

Valérie Rouzeau

Cold Spring in Winter

These poems, a lament for the poet's dead father in the stammered cadences of an adult and the child she used to be, is strange and compelling, causing a stir when it was first published in 1999. Once familiar with Rouzeau's mixture of baby-talk, slang, puns and coinages, the reader will find this book utterly compelling.

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