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The Lonely Funeral

ed. F. Starik

The Lonely Funeral

Every year, a large number of people living in our towns and cities - the homeless, suicides, illegal immigrants, junkies, drug 'mules', victims of crime and, above all, old people living alone - are found dead. Sometimes, they are not discovered for weeks or months, and it is often hard to ascertain who they are. Their funerals are held without relatives or friends and acquaintances being present; the only people in attendance are the pall-beares, perhaps someone from the Department of Social Services, the cemetery management and the funeral director. In Amsterdam in 2002, the poet and artist F Starik, deeply moved by the desolation of these solitary funerals, initiated 'The Lonely Funeral' project and seven years later in Antwerp, the Flemish poet Maarten Inghels set up a project of the same name.

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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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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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Window-cleaner Sees Paintings

Menno Wigman

Window-cleaner Sees Paintings

The master of pulsing, post-modern poetic rhythms, Menno Wigman's reputation is assured as one of the Netherlands' leading poets. And as perhaps his country's most exciting poet in terms of form: "a craftsman who knows what he wants" in the words of poet Alfred Schaffer. Wigman's second collection won him the Netherlands' coveted Jan Campert prize.

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Xenia

Eugenio Montale

Xenia

In its literary impact, Montale's Xenia, published in 1966 in an edition of just 50 copies, might be described as Italy's Four Quartets.

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Selected Poems from Les Fleurs du Mal

Charles Baudelaire

Selected Poems from Les Fleurs du Mal

Jan Owen's masterly translation captures all of Baudelaire's vibrant emaotion in a selection that includes many of his best known poems - including those banned from 1857 edition - as well as some less familiar ones, with the volume leading up to his great long poem, 'The Voyage', and finishing with the much-loved sonnet 'Meditation'.

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Finite Formulae & Theories of Chance

Wioletta Greg

Finite Formulae & Theories of Chance

Wioletta Greg's new collection, in Marek Kazmierski's attentive and nuanced trans­lation, serves as both a moving personal testament to a family that survived, and a compelling document of a century of European history.

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