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How Abraham Abandoned Me

Bejan Matur

How Abraham Abandoned Me

This collection covers the broad vision of mankind's history with a story of an individual journey, in the course of which the poet explores the cosmic and the microcosm, the immensities of Time and Space, of becoming and Being. The poems came during a pilgrimage in south-eastern Anatolia.

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Bloodhoof

Gerður Kristný

Bloodhoof

Bloodhoof is the re-casting into compulsively spare modern verse of an ancient Eddic poem - but this only begins to hint at its attractions. It is a minimalist epic telling of the abduction of Gerdur Gymisdottir from the land of giants to the court of Freyr of the 'wolf-grey eyes', and the subsequent events culminating in the birth of her son and her hopes of being saved by her own kin.

It is full of iron-hard rocks and ice, serpents in the breast gnawing at the harness of hope, but also wide-reaching fields of corn whispering in the breeze and a throne carved with beasts and dragons-heads. You could read the whole book in perhaps half an hour but it will take many months or years to begin to clear the ghosts and long-dead heroes from your mind.

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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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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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The Sum Total of Violations

Regina Derieva

The Sum Total of Violations

Regina Derieva is one of Russia's leading poets whose work has been praised by the late Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky and Les Murray among others. Freed of national and cultural boundaries and addressed to an audience linked by a larger vision of human possibilities, her poetry embodies the new internationalism of the post-Soviet era.

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Midnight and Other Poems

Mourid Barghouti

Midnight and Other Poems

This first UK publication of a full-length bilingual collection by, arguably, Palestine's greatest living poet is a powerful and moving book comprising his long poem 'Midnight' and a series of shorter poems. Hitherto known in the UK only through his autobiography I Saw Ramallah (Bloomsbury, 2004), Barghouti the poet is heard at his best in this collection.

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The Infinite's Ash

Víctor Rodríguez Núñez

The Infinite's Ash

Víctor Rodríguez Núñez is one of today's most outstanding Cuban writers, although he has lived and worked outside of the island for nearly two decades, first in Nicaragua and Colombia and, since 1995, in the USA. The present collection, based on his selected poems With a Strange Scent of World: First Anthology, 1978-1998 (Havana, 2004), offers a representative sample, as well as a rewriting, of his early poetic work, full of vivid images from the poet's youth and of both rural and urban Cuba.

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Row

Tomaž Šalamun

Row

"When entering a Tomaz Salamun poem don't reach for the handrail of narrative or grope for the light-switch of 'meaning'" Simon Armitage

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By the Hearth in Min a' Lea

Cathal Ó Searcaigh

By the Hearth in Min a' Lea

Whether writing about the beautiful Donegal landscape, or as a gay man about the intense emotions of love, or about voice and events from the past that resonate in the present, or simply telling a story, Searcaigh is always honest, clear-sighted and unafraid, lyrical, tender and funny: he tells it how it is.

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