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The Skiers

Jill Bialosky

The Skiers

Jill Bialosky's three collections of poetry have met with great acclaim in the USA. The Skiers draws together work from each of these collections for her first volume of poetry to be published in the UK - a book that is moving, intimate, powerful and, above all, memorable.

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Quarantine :: Contagion

Brian Henry

Quarantine :: Contagion

'Quarantine', the first long poem in this book, explores sexuality, subjectivity and the narrative process. Lying in a field beside his dead wife and son, the narrator describes events leading to their deaths (his own included) from the bubonic plague in 1665. A second long poem, 'Contagion', follows, mirroring and distorting the earlier narrative.

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Comus

John Kinsella, John Milton

Comus

Four hundred years after the birth of one of England's greatest poets, John Milton, the outstanding Australian poet John Kinsella has written a contemporary version of Comus, the masque that was commissioned by John, Earl of Bridgwater and performed for him at Ludlow Castle in 1634.

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Sol

Andrew Johnston

Sol

Andrew Johnston is one of New Zealand's leading poets. At the heart of this, his fifth collection, are two major poems: 'The Sunflower', an elegy for the poet's father, which is an extended meditation on death, family and religious faith; and 'Les Baillessats', a relaxed, sun-filled poem for the poet's new-born son.

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The Glass-Blower: Selected Poems

Keki N. Daruwalla

The Glass-Blower: Selected Poems

This first full-length volume of Daruwalla's work to be published outside India provides a long-overdue opportunity to become better acquainted with a poet previously encountered in the UK, in tantalizing glimpses, only in anthologies.

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Hothouse

Tracy Ryan

Hothouse

Hothouse, Tracy Ryan's most recent collection of poems, was published in 2002 in her native Australia to great critical acclaim. It is essentially a collection of flower poems which focus, not on the alienation of humans from the plant world, but instead their similarities.

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Syllable of Stone

Patrick Lane

Syllable of Stone

Intense, starkly honest, often disturbing, yet also subtle, compassionate, even gentle, Patrick Lane's poems are rooted in personal experience, and whether he's writing about the natural world or the human condition, they make an indelible impression.

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America

John Kinsella

America

John Kinsella's poem America is very much in the mould of Blake's visionary poem America, A Prophecy but unlike Blake, Kinsella does not express himself in allegorical terms but delivers a trenchant, uncompromising and direct denunciation of the world's unchallenged superpower.

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Canal

Saskia Hamilton

Canal

"Nothing ever came again to warn her", Saskia Hamilton writes, and nothing comes to warn the reader of the adamantine turmoil, the ardent and articulate perceptions in these original poems... We are taken, figuratively and literally, by storm." Forrest Gander

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Dog

C. K. Stead

Dog

In this new collection, C. K. Stead shows himself still in full charge of a talent which has surprised, delighted and challenged readers of poetry since it first declared itself in the 1950s.

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