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In this series we present some of the most important poets in the world as recreated by some of our best poetry translators.

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Lemon Sun

Ziba Karbassi

Lemon Sun

Exiled Iranian poet Ziba Karbassi has garnered a reputation outside of her home country as one of the foremost contemporary Persian poets. Her poetry tackles difficult themes with a mastery of craft and has received wide critical attention. Touching on issues ranging from the loss of one's home to the horrors of an execution by stoning, this selection of her poetry illustrates how Karbassi weaves together an array viscerally explosive emotions through a sustained virtuosic use of language and rhythm.

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Eternal Traffic

Mila Haugová

Eternal Traffic

Mila Haugová has written a moving book about the farewell of loved ones and the slipping away of one's own life. The starting point is a double loss: her mother dies and her lover goes his own way. During her dead mother's childhood and distant past, the loved ones have faced a hoped-for future. Now only a reduced daily life remains, shot through with ever present memories. Haugová overlays the departed, and now recalculated, images of childhood and days spent with her lover. Is it possible to find some memory of lost warmth in this cold world?

Re-encounter and farewells are one in Haugová's poetry: there are intimate companions in the absence of loved ones, in the acceptance of their disappearance, which over time develop a cathartic force that makes possible new love.

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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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The Voice of Water

Cevat Çapan

The Voice of Water

Çapan's poetry manages to sound ancient and traditional while being firmly rooted in today's world; it is both thoroughly Turkish and at the same time European - and beyond that, part of a greater world literature.

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Requiem

Razmik Davoyan

Requiem

A requiem for all the losses of the living throughout history, seeking to bridge the centuries by echoing another poem created in the tenth century by an Armenian mystic monk, Grikor Narekatsi.

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