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Hope is Lonely

Kim Seung-Hee

Hope is Lonely

Poetry is a world of the imagination that begins with the loneliness and pain of a first-person persona but does not neglect social pain, but rather accompanies it. Thanks to the poem, the first-person can go beyond the first-person and “I” can become “we.” The eggs, pots, brooms, washing lines, flounders, croakers, and cutting boards that I evoke in my poems are metaphors of fragile and endangered women’s existence, as well as being universal human metaphors. I desperately go rowing across a first-person world in an attempt to reach a universal sea.

Kim Seung-Hee is regarded in her native Korea as being radically different from any other Korean poet, male or female, in her choice of themes and poetic expression as this selection from two of her recent collections demonstrates. Her poetry is strongly female and feminist, deeply personal, at times surreal, always humane. As John Kinsella writes: Her poems speak across lives and out of lives rather than of lives, and in this they liberate… Brother Anthony’s beautiful clarity of line and word allows the complexity of the poems…to shine through. This poetry, with its shattering lights, brightens the dark places…

[Kim Seung-Hee's] poems vividly depict the pitiful state of one who relies on a distant gleam of light as they follow a path across dark fields. The darker the language of her poetry seems, the more it becomes a premonition of dawn….

Yeom Mu-Ung, critic
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I am a Rohingya

ed. James Byrne and Shehzar Doja

I am a Rohingya

I Am a Rohingya implores the world to listen to the spirit of a people who have experienced some of the worst human rights abuses on the planet. These poems have no alternative but to speak out, they are from a crisis that must be addressed. There is brilliance in here!John Kinsella

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In a Time of Burning

Cheran

In a Time of Burning

This selection of poems by Cheran, one of the most important poets writing in Tamil today, charts the civil war in Sri Lanka of more than three decades, and its aftermath.

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When the Barbarians Arrive

Alvin Pang

When the Barbarians Arrive

This is a new and selected works, with some poems taken from Alvin Pang's previous three collections. The selection ranges from unsentimental love poems to sharply satirical writing; here are poems that are wry and shrewd, intelligent and sensitive. They mock, celebrate and unsettle, are generous and beautiful, full of paradoxes, logic and illogicality, and are at once recognizably national and international in reach, offering a fresh edgy energy to the wave of urban poetry emerging from Singapore.

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Bones Will Crow

ed. ko ko thett and James Byrne

Bones Will Crow

This is the first anthology of contemporary Burmese poets published in the West, and includes the work of Burmese poets who have been in exile and in prison.

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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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Dreams that Spell the Light

Shanta Acharya

Dreams that Spell the Light

Shanta Acharya's fifth full-length collection is gentle, poignant and unpretentious. She writes about real concerns with a directness and a linguistic tension which registers her Indian origins without being merely exotic.

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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 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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The Punjabi Weddings

Tariq Latif

The Punjabi Weddings

A hybrid of multi-disciplines and cultures, Tariq Latif writes in a range of styles which are as varied and generous as the scope of his subject matter, and his new collection will be welcomed by old friends and new readers alike.

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