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Selected Poems

Georges Rodenbach

Selected Poems

Georges Rodenbach was a leading literary figure during the epoch of symbolism in late nineteenth-century France and Belgium. This is the first-ever collection of Rodenbach's poetry to be published in English translation. He is most famous for his fin-de-siècle novel Bruges-la-Morte (1892), but it is in the lesser-known collections of poetry that his mystical articulation of the ambiance of a decaying Bruges reaches its zenith.

It is no surprise that, after his premature death in 1898, Rodenbach's precise, poignant, delicate yet deceptively muscular poems attracted the likes of Rilke and Proust. These two exceptional diviners of the unacknowledged life secreted within objects and atmospheres, saw in him a fellow explorer, a wholly authentic and uncompromising voice, that articulated an interior landscape of the soul like no other.

It is this voice that English-language readers today can now access through Will Stone's sensitively attuned translation after decades of inexplicable neglect.

Along the quays, beneath the plaintive threnody
of bells, the abandoned water is idle
and flows beneath bridges in silence,
weeping over its grief and inert torments,
lamenting the scattered life that afflicts it...

Georges Rodenbach,
from 'The Water's Heart'

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Emile Verhaeren: Poems

Emile Verhaeren

Emile Verhaeren: Poems

Dubbed the 'European Walt Whitman', Emile Verhaeren is a pro-European idealist, whose poetry explores his overriding notion of mankind advancing to a promised land where vital creative energies and new technology could combine to produce a more progressive human strain, a hope ignominiously swept away by the industrial brutality of the First World War.

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Six Catalan Poets

ed. Pere Ballart

Six Catalan Poets

History shows how Catalan culture has overcome critical situations far more adverse than the present. The Catalan language has not been replaced and this anthology contains four Catalans, one Valencian and one Mallorcan, who, although they lived through the tail end of the dictatorship, grew up under a democratic regime. Together, their work could not be more modern, comprehensive or polyphonic: politics and history cohabit with love (both heterosexual and homoerotic), learned allusion and popular image, stanzaic rigour and freedom of form, the song to the land of one's birth and hymn to the voyage.

Featuring the work of six of Catalonia's leading poets - Josep Lluís Aguiló, Elies Barberà, Manuel Forcano, Gemma Gorga, Jordi Julià, Carles Torner - translated by a prize-winning translator, and with an introductory essay which sets the poets within a wider literary context.

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Days Full of Caves & Tigers

Fabio Pusterla

Days Full of Caves & Tigers

This selection is drawn from six collections which span Pusterla's poetic career from 1985 to 2011. Pusterla's themes are many and varied, and there is a spareness and austerity about his poetry - which one feels is more 'Alpine' than Swiss - born of the age-old struggle with a harsh natural environment.

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Pure Contradiction: Selected Poems

Rainer Maria Rilke

Pure Contradiction: Selected Poems

This selection of poems from throughout Rilke's creative output is arranged not chronologically, but by placing poems of similar themes and / or modes of expression close to one another, making bed-fellows of poems rarely seen together. The aim is to illuminate the underlying themes which Rilke said he had arrived at very early in his life.

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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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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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Still Life with Loops

Eli Tolaretxipi

Still Life with Loops

Born in San Sebastian, and still living and working there, the Basque poet Eli Tolaretxipi has published two collections of poetry in Spanish Amor muerto naturaleza muerta (Past Love Still Life) and Los lazos del numero (The Loops of the Figure). Although translated into French and Italian, she has had to wait until the publication of this volume for her poetry to appear in English, in a fine translation by Philip Jenkins; Robert Crawford's excellent introduction to this volume helps to set her work in context.

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