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Eternal Traffic

Mila Haugová

Eternal Traffic

MILA HAGUOVÁ is one of Slovakia’s most highly-regarded poets, and this, her second full-length collection in English translation from Arc, selects poems from two of her books, the prize-winning Biele rumupisy (White Manuscripts, 2007) and Miznutie anjelov (The Disappearance of Angels, 2008).

Nature, eroticism, memory and loss are inseparably interwoven in these fragile, yet immensely powerful, poems. Haugová’s language is often experimental, yet the emotional thrust of each poem is quite clear. She writes movingly about the end of a love affair, about her childhood experiences (both painful and inspiring), and about the death of her mother; no experience, however distressing, is discarded, since it can only contribute to wider understanding and acceptance.

As James Sutherland-Smith says in the introduction to his finely-crafted translation:
“Mila Haugová writes of the intricacies of human emotions, their revelations and their concealments with an insight very few other poets have ever approached.”

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Not on the Side of the Gods

Anna Crowe

Not on the Side of the Gods

Anna Crowe writes to rescue obscure stories and give a voice to things that have no voice. Her poems celebrate the mystery and diversity of the natural world while mourning its fragility. Birds fly in and out of poems in which lurk extraordinary invertebrates and strange plants; the vulnerability of human lives and family relationships is another concern. One of the foremost translators of Catalan poetry into English, her appetite for language is rooted in her love of music. The Poetry Book Society selectors described her poems as "sinewy and questing, alive with memory and attentive to the interior landscape.

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To the Outermost Stars

Stein Mehren

To the Outermost Stars

Stein Mehren, Norwegian poet and playwright, writes in the language of the heart, weaving his themes and imagery into a kind of baroque music, in poems that swell and fall like symphonies. Writing on love, desire, and despair he combines classical love stories and intimate expressions of love in daily life to create a tapestry of potent emotions.

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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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The Bright Rose: Early German Verse 800–1250

ed. Philip Wilson

The Bright Rose: Early German Verse 800–1250

Never published in verse form before, these translations of some of the earliest known German poetry give us a rich glimpse of a life that, while alien in so many ways, was not so different after all.

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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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Those April Fevers

Mary O'Donnell

Those April Fevers

This vibrant collection, building on the rich strengths of The Ark Builders, also serves as a generous introduction to her work to those yet to discover her expansive visions and powerful voice.

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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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A Landscape Blossoms Within Me

Eeva Kilpi

A Landscape Blossoms Within Me

Eeva Kilpi is one of Finland's best-loved writers, and a Nobel Prize nominee. Her work has been published in sixteen languages, but this is her first full-length poetry collection in English.

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