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As I Said

Lev Loseff

As I Said

These poems are written from across the poet's life, contemplating his native land of Russia from both a literal and a figurative distance, while at the same time casting a sometimes jaundiced eye on the alien culture of America in which he spent the final years of his life. Loseff's poetry excels in complex imagery, rich literary allusion, and is abundant in formal experiment. Whether absorbed by the world of literature (particularly his fellow poets) or relating real-life experiences, Loseff conjures up a restless and frequently disturbing universe.

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The Book of the Snow

François Jacqmin

The Book of the Snow

Francois Jacqmin is one of Belgium's most influential poets of the twentieth century, and this, his twelfth collection, is inspired by a bleak and beautiful natural landscape, where the falling snow gives rise to a sequence of 112 short poems which are both lyrical and suffused with irony, allusion and paradox.

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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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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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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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Defying Fate

Maurice Carème

Defying Fate

Carème is considered to be one of Belgium's master poets, and 'Defying Fate' (published posthumously) is a fascinating introduction to his work. These charming poems are short, often metrical and given to rhyme, and deal with familiar subjects (children, death, God, the troubled mind) that resonate with a shared emotion and aesthetic satisfaction.

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At the Edge of Night

Anise Koltz

At the Edge of Night

At the Edge of Night brings to an English readership for the first time the recent work of Anise Koltz, Luxembourg's best-known poet. With their short, unpunctuated lines, powerful language and pulsing with an anger and raw emotion directed both at the poet herself and at the world at large, these poems are 'knife-sharp, clear and dazzling'.

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Guests of Eternity

Larissa Miller

Guests of Eternity

In this selection of poems from the 1960s to the millennium by one of Russia's leading lyrical poets, accounts of the horrors of the Soviet system, of purges and torture and the struggle to grow and mature in a world of suffering alternate with exquisitely-drawn nature poems. Deceptively simple, this is an intense, lyrical and unforgettable collection.

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