2017 Titles — by Date of Publication

 
Anna Leahy  Aperture
Published January 2017. Paperback, 88pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848615168 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

As the title suggests, Aperture opens gaps through which to see and hear the lives of imagined and actual women. This collection becomes a stage on which these women perform, and the poems play with notions of staging, with how we present ourselves and how we are perceived and represented by others. The stories and voices in Aperture “bend and come back again,” telling the truth slant.
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Martin Anderson  Ice Stylus

Published January 2017. Paperback, 92pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848615205 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

The sequences of meditations which comprise Anderson’s last two books trace fault lines deeply inscribed within the Judeo-Christian psyche of the West. Ice Stylus is the final volume of Anderson’s Unsubdued Singing trilogy. Many of the sequences in Interlocutors of Paradise and Obsequy for Lost Things begin in a geography which is both real and subliminal: the Essex Thames-side salt marsh. … In this “dark land”, perhaps intimating archetypal adventure, his passage takes him through the trials and ordeals of many wastes of water. What such a journey eventually delivers to him, however, is not a sacred fire of illumination or boon of wisdom to take back to his old world to re-vivify it. Instead, he is vouchsafed the white isotope of destruction, turning everything dark and possessing the potential to annihilate the very products of time he has so violently sought to wrest from others.

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Laurie Duggan  No particular place to go

Published January 2017. Paperback, 102p, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848615212 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

“We’ve all seen how, after a night of drones, an experimental poet comes out to read, wielding the vernacular, and the room lights up. There’s laughter, joy, play, confusion, affirmation, all the things that make poetry what it is. This is why poets in the generation including Duggan, Pam Brown and Ken Bolton are so accessible to readers and listeners, because of their interest in the page-as-field (perhaps an ‘Olsonesque’ sense), and the everyday vernacular. The only reason Conventional Verse Culture still claims to own the (ever-elusive) ‘average reader’ is because of the structures and frameworks in place that tell people they do. This is not because people on the street speak like CVC.”
—A J Carruthers
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Andrés Sánchez Robayna  The Book, Behind the Dune

Translated from Spanish by Louis Bourne. 
Published January 2017. Paperback, 134pp, 9 x 6ins, £9.95 / £18
ISBN 9781848615229 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation for the First Quarter, 2017.

The Book, Behind the Dune is a long unitary poem about the birth of a poetic consciousness and its development in a world marked by the discovery of beauty, eroticism and the reality of evil. Influenced by St. Augustine, The Cloud of Unknowing and Wordsworth’s The Prelude, the poem, full of literary, artistic and philosophical references, is simultaneously a meditation on the meaning of time and its manifestations—its epiphanies—in a concrete life. The reflection on historical time leads the poet to the reality of “the pain of the world,” but also towards a world that is incessantly and continually beginning. As Yves Bonnefoy puts it, “Sánchez Robayna knows what ‘the new time’ expects of us which Rimbaud foresaw as ‘very severe’.”
 
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Mervyn Taylor  Voices Carry

Published February 2017. Paperback, 102pp, 9 x 6ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848614970 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

The Master Portrait Painter, Mervyn Taylor, is visiting his old haunts, the island he has sketched time and again with indelible ink, the Brooklyn of his residence in exile, and the journey back and forth, the poet returning to fill up his paint bottles, to recount the stories of voices that carry from dreams, memories, the Port of Spain that has changed forever and yet remains the city that is his own. 
     In this new collection, that is at the same time as old as the eternal truths he tells, we celebrate the voices the poet hears: we see him walk beside the Savannah, people calling out, hello Uncle, Daddy; we lament the turning of green places into dangerous fields, and we cry quietly while accompanying “the boy walking with his broken kite/to find the old Indian who bought him/the thread, to tell him how well it flew.”
—Indran Amirthanayagam
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Alfred Celestine  Weightless Word — Selected Poems

Edited by David Miller & Richard Leigh
Published February 2017. Paperback, 118pp, 9 x 6ins, £9.95 / $18

ISBN 9781848615281 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Alfred Celestine was born in Los Angeles in 1949 and came to London in 1977, remaining there until his death in 2009. He published two books of poetry: Confessions of Nat Turner (The Many Press, 1978) and Passing Eliot in the Street (Nettle Press, 2003). Weightless Word is easily the most comprehensive selection of his poetry to date, revealing his range and power as a poet.

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Richard Georges  Make Us All Islands

Published February 2017. Paperback, 86pp, 9 x 6ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848615274 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, 2017.

"Singing ‘light into bleakness,’ in vivid poetic language that shakes us out of apathy, Georges’ harsh and lyrical hymns portray the painful beauty of the Virgin Islands and Caribbean archipelago. Searching wherever indelible traces of history may be found, in the undersea abyss of multiple shipwrecks, cholera coasts, accounts of disaster and cruel murder, hillside ruins, heaps of stones, and shifting sands, the poet brings us ancestral stories of the women of the slave ships, fishermen, migrant seasonal workers, cane cutters, cocolos, coal burners, domino players and family members who at great cost and risk have endured. If history divides us, these poems of the past and present, as strong as boiling bush and as honest as jumbie truths, have the power to revive, and, perhaps, even, connect us." —Loretta Collins Klobah

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Gerard Manley Hopkins   The Wreck of the Deutschland

Published February 2017. Paperback, 88pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848615428 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

This volume contains the complete text of the great Hopkins poem, together with Nigel Foxell's introduction and his copious notes, touching on nearly every line in the poem. An indispensable reader's guide to one of the great poems in the language.
 
‘The Wreck of the Deutschland’‚ deserves and requires close and subtle attention from the imagination and intellect of critics. A new generation of readers will be grateful to Nigel Foxell, poet, novelist and scholar, for the diligence and love he has brought to bear on this formidable task.
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John Muckle   Falling Through — a novel

Published February 2017. Paperback, 232pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £12.95 / $20
ISBN 9781848615359 [Download a sample PDF from this book.]

Graham Bartlett is a private English tutor. He lives in North London and travels to meet numerous teenage clients. He is a lonely person, unable to find steady work, but does his best to survive and deliver sound lessons to a large number of youngsters, diving in and out of their homes with a battered satchel on his shoulder, glimpsing their families and backgrounds. Browsing the internet he discovers an unpleasant murder has occurred in the quiet suburban avenue where he grew up. The horrific discovery of a woman’s callously disposed-of body half-interests him whilst seeming to have little to do with his own life, apart from accidents of place and memory. Intertwined with his peripatetic journeys across a cityscape marked by recent riots are the stories of people he has known, or imagines, or has actual dealings with in the present. 
      Falling Through is a novel of encounters and evasions: north of the Thames, south of hell.
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Elaine Randell  The Meaning of Things

Published February 2017. Paperback, 134pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £9.95 / $18
ISBN 9781848615144 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

‘Elaine Randell’s writing was jump-started early by the outpouring of experimental small-press poetry and publishing that accompanied the emergence of pop art. That movement drew attention to the art–life divide by reducing it to a sharp but casual edginess. The poetry associated with this moment adopted informal means to freshen its reader relations across the same frontier. Randell’s subsequent career in social work and psychotherapy has found her firmly on the side of life. The poems in The Meaning of Things, though making no such claims for their acts, are alive with the clear feeling, ethical tact, and rhythmical skill required to move rapidly back and forth along that borderline.’ —Peter Robinson 

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Peter Robinson  Collected Poems 1976-2016

Published February 2017. Paperback, 518pp, 9 x 6ins, £19.95 / $32
ISBN 9781848615243 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Collected Poems 1976–2016 gathers carefully chosen and reviewed texts from Peter Robinson’s nine books of poetry, to which is added a newly completed tenth collection. They include his early experiments in northern social realism, and domestic interiors coloured by the experience of sexual violence, explored in the seven lyrics that form part two of This Other Life. Here are his dialogues with Italian poetry and culture, and unforeseen encounters with Japan, all in relation to the historical vicissitudes of his home country, and the landscapes in a much-revisited Liverpool. For the Small Mercies, published here for the first time, completes a triptych of books written since Robinson’s return after nearly two decades of working in Kyoto and Sendai, a return that, coinciding with the global financial crisis and onset of austerity culture, provided occasions for further reflections on the economic motifs of his earliest poems.

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Clive Faust   Past Futures — Collected Poems

Published March 2017. Paperback, 304pp, 9 x 6ins, £14.95 / $25 / A$32.00
ISBN 9781848615403 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

“Back forty years ago I wrote of The Gist of Origin: ‘In such a bare age as ours, the truth, though terrible, is clean. The worlds of Chaucer, Homer and Tolstoy were conventionally realized ones—even if the men in them shifted between realizations, incorrigibly. We now are in the same ferry as these chaotic Americans: we have no fixities to shift among. The only order they bring with them—and it is not nothing—is an economy of means. 
     Ultimately the variety—of place, of instance, of event, of impression is deceptive. Also the enormous amount to be learnt from them, deceptive—because it is all the one thing. And the one thing is terrible, because it is unclear whether it is not ourselves.’
       I think this era of thought/feeling is now obsolete in the culture, which is now based upon a sort of decorative wit—adapted for the computerex machinery, but on the
way to being mechanically replicated by it.
       Incidentally, the prosody of this perhaps outdated poetry is based at its best upon simply 'the taste of words, the pleasure of utterance as a physical act', in the words of Cid Corman." —Clive Faust
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SJ Fowler  The Guide to Being Bear Aware

Published March 2017. Paperback, 90pp, 9 x 6ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848615380 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Through incisive, intricate, explorative poems, SJ Fowler offers an ambiguous but often starkly humorous viewpoint into the pre-occupations of contemporary being. From incisions into the political and moral factionalism which so often dominates our online existence, to the more sincere negotiations of our private lives, our bodies and our minds, in love and in death. Fundamentally a statement about the Anthropocene, The Guide to Being Bear Aware is doing the work poetry is meant to do, offering more questions than answers. 

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John Hall  As a said place

Published March 2017. Paperback, 86pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848615038 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

blink / and the outline is lost
 
As a said place gathers together poems written since 2011. The book is shaped around ‘I’m on the Train’, a sequence prompted by and on a repeated train journey from home to work through parts of Devon and Cornwall. It returns to the spirit of John Hall’s early book, Days. In each case the poems arise from the contingencies of the everyday and respond to the language demands that these seem to make. Before and after this sequence are clusters of individual poems … [a]ll the poems share a sense that poetry, among its other qualities, is also a mode – or a set of modes – of thinking: the saying of the world continues to matter, as does its unsaying, and that this by no means brings ease: the broken lines that constitute poetry negotiate ambivalent relations with the continuities of speech, with syntax, with the carefulness of thought.
 
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Kelvin Corcoran   Facing West

Published March 2017. Paperback, 84pp, 9 x 6ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848615236 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

"Facing West achieves true illuminations of the places and uses of myth. Corcoran’s lines balance impressively between sometimes cryptic, aphoristic phrases and an orality encountered in song – and in great poetry. Several poems are almost like screens with a critical or philosophical text behind them; and the verse emerges stranger, and stronger, for the incidents in other books it points us to… The overall edifice in Facing West allows entrances by prose passages – often, apparently, autobiographical; also talismanic insertions from other tongues, sometimes acronyms and street names. Yet, these often fragmentary structures develop as an experiment in narrative across separate sections, they work as a book. And in the end, nothing feels out of place.

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Amy Evans  The Report of the Iraq Enquiry — Poetic Summary

Published by ff Press and distributed by Shearsman Books, March 2017.
Paperback, A4 format, £14.95 / $23.
ISBN 9781848614437. [Download a sample from this volume here.]

 

This Poetic Summary of 145 pages is an abridged edition of a twelve-volume creative translation of The Report of the Iraq Inquiry. The text was published by ff Press in London in a limited edition of a quantity greater than 4 pints or 2.27 litres.

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Gérard de Nerval  Les Chimères

Published April 2017. Paperback, 64pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848614109 [Download a sample PDF from this book.]

Nerval is one of the most important writers of the French Romantic movement. His great sonnet cycle, Les Chimères, in its marvellous combination of spell, quest and dream, continues to fascinate writers, readers, and translators. Will Stone’s spirited English versions are accompanied by an essay, as well as by an introduction – written in 1949 – by the late Michael Hamburger, as well as commentary by Norma Rinsler, the doyenne of English Nervaliens.
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Paschalis Nikolaou & John Z. Dillon (eds.)  Richard Berengarten — A Portrait in Inter-Views  

Published April 2017. Paperback, 204pp, 9 x 6ins, £12.95 / $20.00
ISBN 9781848615120  [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Spanning a period of fifteen years, these five ‘Inter-views’ with Richard Berengarten explore the many facets of his writings. Hospitably and expansively, they yield insights into the work of a poet of our time, his methods, motives, and patterns of thought.
     Based in dialogue, an interview is always a collaborative venture. It discovers difference and clarifies commonalities between writer and reader. By working closely together in composing, editing and revisiting transcripts for each interview, Richard Berengarten and his five interlocutors reveal the potential of the literary interview itself, as they articulate and test its reticent boundaries.
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Ted Pearson   The Markov Chain

Published April 2017. Paperback, 78pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848615335 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

"When Basil Bunting declared that “Pens are too light. / Take a chisel to write,” I imagine he had in mind the kind of exact and exacting poetry Ted Pearson has been steadily producing for decades. In The Markov Chain, Pearson presents a series of eight-line poems, each composed of four exquisitely crafted alexandrines: “These formal restrictions // are like benedictions … Constraints lead to freedoms // exceeding predictions.” Raising the ante, Pearson uses these formal constraints to probe the social constraints contemporary culture imposes on art and life. “When the People say we, // they don’t mean you and me. / The consensus they’re seeking // will set no one free.” This double take on constraints creates an animating tension throughout the book, one in which “The gist of the lyric // tells a whole other tale.” Pearson’s chiseled poems enact a deep investigation into language that at once revels in and questions its own constraints. Follow at your own pace, but Pearson’s ear, as always, won’t lead you astray." —Paul Naylor

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Colin Simms  Goshawk Poems

Published April 2017. Paperback, 142pp, 8 x 8ins, £12.95 / $20
ISBN 9781848615250 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

These verses are from goshawk observations since 1955; my first experiences of the bird in the wild overseas—anecdotes of camp life, falconers, birds and probable escaped or released individually, few enough anyway, are considered largely irrelevant in this naturalist’s view. Few publications, bar the 1995 Goshawk Lives booklet, so well and generously prepared by Harry Gilonis’ Form Books, have been used; most of this edition is new. I have used almost entirely only notes made at the time, in now well over 500 notepads, and diaries and letters; memory illumines only a narrow broken trail. (Colin Simms)

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JL Williams  After Economy

Published April 2017. Paperback, 96pp, 9 x 6ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848615373 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

A new collection exploring the fine line between abundance and apocalypse.
 
"For some reason, slightly unfathomable, I am reminded of a forest we visited on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido where the annual winter ice festival is held. The forest is sprayed for days by the local fire department, but not before flowers and colored lights have been hung within the branches, so when the whole forest turns to crystalline ice, the lights burn from within, the whole crystal forest glows, and when you walk there, flowers look out from the ice, arrested in full bloom. It is all so unexpected, and so extravagantly beautiful–something essential in such crystallization, and with fire in its core. Well, this vision returned to me reading your manuscript."
—Eleanor Wilner
 
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Josephine Balmer  The Paths of Survival

Published April 2017. Paperback, 94pp, 9 x 6ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848615298 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

The Paths of Survival explores the fragility of the written word; the ways in which it is destroyed and the ways in which, by each fresh miracle, it endures against all the odds. Tracing the few surviving fragments of Aeschylus’s lost tragedy, Myrmidons, which notoriously depicted the doomed love of the Greek hero Achilles for his fellow warrior Patroclus, the volume moves backwards in time across two and a half millennia; from a tiny scrap of papyrus in a present-day Oxford library to the dying Aeschylus revising his masterpiece in 5th-century BCE Sicily. Along the way, the poems’ dramatic monologues introduce clerks and conquerors, pagans and popes, tyrants and tricksters, as well as translators, anthologists, editors, librarians – and, of course, readers – as each one responds to the text, transforming and perverting it, sometimes intentionally, sometimes unwittingly, for better, for worse, but always with passion. 

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Tony Frazer (ed.)  Shearsman magazine issue 111 / 112

Published April 2017. Paperback, 108pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £8.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848615137 

The first issue of the magazine for 2017. The first issue of the magazine for 2017. Poetry by Dennis Barone, James Bell, Marianne Burton, Makyla Curtis, Mark Dickinson, Khaled Hakim, Caroline Hawkridge, Julie Irigaray, Sarah James, Peter Larkin, John Levy, Rosanna Licari, Ann Matthews, David Miller, Kate Miller, Michelle Penn, Frances Presley, Dikha Ridha, Colin Campbell Robinson, Peter Robinson, Julie Sampson, Alexandra Sashe, Nathan Shepherdson, Jennifer Spector and Steve Spence, plus  translations of Szymon Slomczyński by Elżbieta Wójcik-Leese and of Menno Wigman by Judith Wilkinson.

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Alan Halsey   Selected Poems 1988-2016

Published May 2017. Paperback, 260pp, 9 x 6ins, £12.95 / $21
ISBN 9781848615397 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Selected Poems 1988-2016 focuses on Alan Halsey’s longer poems from the period and brings together the previously scattered sequences Ars Poetica, Tracks & Tracts of the Lizopard, A Looking-Glass for Logoclasts and Latin for Today: The Sequel. It includes some revised and expanded texts such as the John Dee libretto Loagaeth alongside poems written since Rampant Inertia, published by Shearsman in 2014.

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David Jaffin  Moon Flowers

Published May 2017. Paperback, 370pp, A5 format, £15 / $23
ISBN 9781848614048

The world's most prolific poet? Retirement agrees with David Jaffin, as he presents another volume of his trademark short lyrics.

Published in association with Edition Wortschatz, Germany.
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Alice Kavounas  Abandoned Gardens — New & Selected Poems

Published May 2017. Paperback, 152pp, 9 x 6ins, £10.95 / $18.50
ISBN 9781848615366 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

"Here is a poet well-travelled in worlds both exterior and interior. Abandoned Gardens is a powerful and essential distillation from this poet’s three collections, plus a substantial volume of new work. Locales range from the poet’s native America, to her family roots in Greece, and to the UK. Letting go of places and people is a key theme. Unflinching, engaged, observant, authentic, these poems consider the ways in which exile and displacement, caused by the ruthlessness of historical events, impact on our lives.  Nothing could be more relevant at the present moment. This, and other subjects, are scrupulously delineated in poems that hold their nerve, whose focus is unsparing, insightful and immediate.  Alongside an often rueful clarity there is much wit, fluidity of language, restrained lyricism, and a skilful and varied use of form."
— Penelope Shuttle
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Rupert M Loydell  Dear Mary

Published May 2017. Paperback, 102pp, 9 x 6ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848615199 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

In Dear Mary poet and painter Rupert Loydell writes about art and life and how they intersect. Fascinated by both renaissance and contemporary painting, he re-invents moments of annunciation in today's world, and revels in the colours and sunshine of Italy. This is a world of wonder and surprise, where aliens abduct the Virgin Mary, 20th century rock singers find themselves collaged together and singing about her, infinite greys (and grays) blur together between other greys, Francis Bacon paints angels, and even the weather forecast predicts the future.
 
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Eduardo Moga   Selected Poems

Translated from Spanish by Terence Dooley. 
Published May 2017. Paperback, 160pp, 9 x 6ins, £10.95 / $18.50
ISBN 9781848615311 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

We have become used to a life of routine and uniformity: at work, in our relationships with others and with ourselves when we seek to understand what surrounds and subjugates us. Messages flood in and, instead of criticising reality, they reinforce the status quo and encourage us to accept it and maintain it. To counterbalance the hierarchies and justifications of modern life, there are voices raised in protest, like Eduardo Moga’s, which don’t mourn a presumed lost golden age, or bewail their disillusionment. That phase was left behind for Moga long ago, and we must presume he underwent an apprenticeship of disappointment:  the discovery that the gods do not love us, but torment us, and then put all his efforts into unlearning it all. Moga’s poetry does not preach, however, or burden us with rules or ideas to bring us to an imaginary better world, here or in the afterlife.

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Siriol Troup   No Names Have Been Changed

Published May 2017. Paperback, 78pp, 9 x 6ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848615441 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

"No Names Have Been Changed, Siriol Troup’s third collection, offers strong, strange visions. Her poems, assured and varied in technique, are equally at home in ancient cities or on today’s derelict coasts. She is a shrewd observer of times and trends: the Afghan coat, the incense-burner… In her lines, Meissen plates are set aside by violence; knives flash through Venice. But her poems are also strong in sympathy, for the old lady requesting gin and tonic on her deathbed, for the tenderness between a man and his ‘beautiful collared dog’. Troup’s long knowledge of languages leads to a final gift to her readers: the wit, freshness and variety of her translations and re-imaginings." —Alison Brackenbury

 

 
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John Phillips   Shape of Faith

Published May 2017. Paperback, 90pp, 9 x 6ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848615328 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

"Phillips would have us look no further than the poem itself for the primary matter of its own accordant recognition as fact. So that to write is to read ourselves into being alive in forms we have no further proof of than the act of the poem's own declaration." 
— Patrick James Dunagan

"At its best this is highly unusual, Spartan, thought-provoking, intelligent and subtly, quietly moving work."  
— David Miller 

 

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María Baranda   Nightmare Running on a Meadow of Absolute Light

Translated from Spanish by Paul Hoover. 
Published May 2017. Paperback, 94pp, 9 x 6ins, £9.95 / $18
ISBN 9781848615434 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

María Baranda is one of the leading Mexican poets of the generation born in the 1960s. Her work has received Mexico’s distinguished Efraín Huerta and Aguascalientes national poetry prizes, as well as Spain’s Francisco de Quevedo Prize for Ibero-American Poetry. She is increasingly known for her sweeping and incisive long poems and book-length projects, and this volume contains two such works: 'To Tell' and the title poem.

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Jordi Doce   Nothing Is Lost — Selected Poems

Translated from Spanish by Lawrence Schimel. 
Published May 2017. Paperback, 118pp, 9 x 6ins, £9.95 / $18
ISBN 9781848615304 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

"This volume brings together poems from six collections originally published between 1990 and 2011. I have divided the selection into five sections that correspond, broadly, to the separate stages in which they were written. The final and briefest one includes five fragments from Perros en la playa [Dogs on the Beach], a miscellany of prose, poetry and aphorisms that I published in early 2011.
     In my opinion, a Selected should not solely contain poems that have been often anthologised or singled out for praise by critics and readers. It should give a more or less accurate view of the variety and development of one’s output over the years. Therefore, I have not shied away from including some youthful pieces or the odd experiment—not to mention poems for which one feels an immoderate fondness, which no amount of critical scrutiny can ever hope to dispel." —Jordi Doce
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Theodore Enslin  To an Unknown Shore
Published June 2017. Paperback, 84pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848615557 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
Theodore Enslin (1925–2011) is widely regarded as one of the most musical of American avant-garde poets. He was born in Chester, Pennsylvania. His father was a biblical scholar and his mother a Latin scholar. He studied musical composition at Cambridge, Mass. His teacher, Nadia Boulanger, was the first person to recognize his ability as a writer and encouraged him to pursue his interest in poetry. He said, "I like to be considered as a composer who happens to use words instead of notes." His first book, The Work Proposed, was published by Origin Press in 1958.
     Enslin moved to Maine in 1960 and lived in Washington County until his death, working at odd jobs and making and selling handmade walking sticks. The Maine landscape forms an integral part of his poetry, as does the isolation, both geographic and in terms of the distance from literary fashion and the academy that his life on the physical margin of the United States allowed. To an Unknown Shore contains his final poems.
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Mark Goodwin  All Space Away and In

Published June 2017. Paperback, 36pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins £6.50 / $9.95
ISBN 9781848615632 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

All Space Away and In … is on mist-smudged snow just to our north or in a bulbous evolving sky or in a rhyolite bowl of wobbling Welsh syllables … Here Mark Goodwin becomes involved with animals & ground, as well as people … Poems as clunk-&-puff-of-dirt … creaturely elongation of speed … a fog-hollow of corrie … chalk-hooves flint-ringing … Attempts to free amazement and pin-point sharp where we are …

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Harry Guest  Otherlands — Translations of Jean Cassou, Rainer Maria Rilke and other poets
Published June 2017. Paperback, 108pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848614796 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
Otherlands brings together a compendium of Harry Guest's translations from French, German, Italian and Japanese, although the largest representations are those of Cassou (33 sonnets composed in secret) and Rilke (several pieces, including The Lay of the Love and Death of the Cornet Christoph Rilke von Langenau), and runs from poets of the 16th century to our contemporaries.
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Lisa Samuels  Symphony for Human Transport
Published June 2017. Paperback, 76pp, 9 x 6ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848615472 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
This book records a sustained plunge into the imaginative elixir of a dream. The dream starts with a waking vision – ‘the door of the train flew open’ – and continues as reverberations in the sensorium, the seat of felt thought. With the sonnet as its anchor note, the symphony blends the machine’s body and the garden, crash and after-sound. 
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Magda Cârneci  A Deafening Silence

Translated from Romanian by Adam J. Sorkin, Madalina Banucu & the author
Published June 2017. Paperback, 94pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins £9.95 / $18

ISBN 9781848615564 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

A Deafening Silence is the first UK publication by one of Romania’s leading contemporary poets. Selecting poems from over twenty years’ output, this bilingual volume offers an ideal introduction to her work.
     Magda Cârneci is also an art essayist and prose writer, and currently lives between Paris and Bucharest. A member of the well-known “Generation of the ’80s” in Romanian literature, she became actively involved in the political and cultural Romanian scene after the 1989 Revolution. At present she is president of PEN Club Romania, and is also a member of the European Cultural Parliament. 
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Kelvin Corcoran & Emma Collins  Not Much to Say Really

Published June 2017. Paperback, 66pp, A5 format, £8.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848615595 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Not Much to Say Really is an account of extended conversations with four elderly patients in hospital. Standing on the edge of their time they look back over their lives with good humour, tenderness and remarkable candour. At every turn these conversations show the reader that the most personally lived events and experiences are the most powerfully shared in the common lot of mortality. On that score they have much to say.

Cover of Kelvin Corcoran and Emma Collins - Not Much to Say Really
 
Ian Davidson  On the Way to Work

Published June 2017. Paperback, 30pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins £6.50 / $9.95
ISBN 9781848615625 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

These poems were written on the way to work, walking the two and a half miles from near Saltwell Park in Gateshead to Northumbria University in Newcastle. The journey took me through Gateshead’s residential streets, its town centre and over the Tyne, often by the High Level Bridge. I’d try to write something in my head every day before I got to work, while still free of the numbing rush of its demands. Sometimes a whole poem would appear, at other times one or two words or lines would shift and repeat through seemingly endless variations, refusing to settle.
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Susan Connolly  The Orchard Keeper

Published June 2017. Paperback, 30pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins £6.50 / $9.95
ISBN 9781848615601 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Francis Ledwidge was a frequent visitor to the McGoona household at Donaghmore, near Navan, Co. Meath. Matty McGoona, an amateur naturalist and musician, became his close friend. A chance encounter with an elderly man beside the orchard at Donaghmore was the catalyst which led Susan Connolly to explore the life of Francis Ledwidge in greater depth, and to write her sequence of poems, The Orchard Keeper. Francis Ledwidge was born in Slane, Co. Meath, in 1887. He wrote poetry from an early age. He enlisted in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in 1914, and survived the battlefields of Gallipoli, Serbia and Arras before being killed on July 31st, 1917, the first day of the Third Battle of Ypres.
     The six poems gathered under the title Woman in a Black Hat, warmly recall the lives of close friends and family.
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Ramón López Velarde   The Soft Land
Translated from Spanish by Jennifer Clement. Bilingual text.
With paintings by Gustavo Monroy & an essay by Luis Miguel Aguilar. 
FULL COLOUR EDITION.
 
Published September 2017. Paperback, 86pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £12.95 / $20
ISBN 9781848615489 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
‘La suave patria’ is often regarded as the Mexican national poem, an extraordinary tour-de-force that would change forever the way that poetry would develop in Mexico. It was one of the last works by Ramón López Velarde, who died of pneumonia at the age of only 33 in 1921, and is the work for which he is most remembered today. After his death, his reputation took some time to grow, but his later espousal by major figures such Xavier Villaurrutia and Octavio Paz has ensured that he will remain central to the story of Mexican 20th century literature. 
 
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Gaspar Orozco   Book of the Peony

Translated from Spanish by Mark Weiss. Bilingual edition.
Published September 2017. Paperback, 82pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £9.95 / $17

ISBN 9781848615663 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

“Gaspar Orozco’s extraordinary Book of the Peony blew me away by a storm of quiet flame and blackness and nothing everythingness. I am writing this from Pont-Aven, where I have come to write about colonies and gatherings of artists,  before regaining (what an inapproprié  word,) and suddenly this poetry hits me in the Breton chill with—I can’t say what—a dark blaze when I expected I have no idea what?
    I had been thinking ah, peony, like pensée, like a beloved and delicate pansy of thought, but this peony is nearer the chrysanthemum of Japanese writing from long ago. This remarkable poetry brings the long ago into nowness, if I can put it like that. It lights from far and also near, burning.” —Mary Ann Caws
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Fani Papageorgiou  The Purloined Letter

Published September 2017. Paperback, 82pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848615649 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

"I like The Purloined Letter very much. It has a dolorous, stately, piercing, almost martial music, like an Elizabethan court dance or Miles Davis in his electric period. It's funny too."—Edwin Frank

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Peter Riley  Dawn Songs

Published September 2017. Paperback, 196pp, 9 x 6ins, £12.95 / $20
ISBN 9781848615458 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

"Dawn Songs consists of three essays on music. A short one on Derek Bailey as heard in 1970; a moderate-size one on surviving west gallery choral pieces performed in pubs of the Sheffield Moorlands area at Christmas, called ‘Mass Lyric’; and ‘Dawn Songs’ itself, which concerns a lamentational genre of Transylvanian village music and forms the bulk of the book. So if ever there was a book discussing musical practices which very few people outside the area know about or want to, this is it."  —Peter Riley

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Andrew Taylor   March

Published September 2017. Paperback, 82pp, 8 x 8ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848615052 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Building on his debut collection Radio Mast Horizon (Shearsman Books, 2013) Andrew Taylor takes the reader on a journey through landscapes and places such as the Welsh hills, the West Coast Mainline and the north docks of Liverpool. 
      Travel is a recurring theme throughout these poems, alongside music and the seasons and the shifts they bring. From having coffee in quiet city-centre cafés to travelling around complete rail networks, Taylor invites the reader into a world that is both personal and universal.
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Elsa Cross  Amorgos Notebook

Translated from Spanish by Luis Ingelmo & Tony Frazer. Bilingual edition. 
Published September 2017. Paperback, 100pp, 8 x 8ins, £10.95 / $18.50
ISBN 9781848614833 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Amorgos Notebook (Cuaderno de Amorgós) is a collection from 2007 that won for Elsa Cross Mexico’s most prestigious poetry prize, the Xavier Villaurrutia Prize, especially valued by its recipients as the winner is chosen by her peers in the literary world. Elsa Cross’ work over the past several decades has demonstrated a considerable fascination with Greece, and this sequence takes its departure from the island of Amorgos, in the Cyclades, home of remarkable ancient sculptures, and spectacular terrain.

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Pablo de Rokha   Architecture of Dispersed Life — Selected Poems

Translated from Spanish by Urayoán Noel
Published September 2017. Paperback, 292pp, 9 x 6ins, £14.95 / $23

ISBN 9781848613775  [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Pablo de Rokha was one of the great trio of Chilean modernists, along with Vicente Huidobro (2 years his senior) and Pablo Neruda (10 years his junior). All three were communists, all three were great poets, and all three cordially detested each other, although de Rokha reserved a special degree of bile for his younger, and more famous, contemporary. De Rokha is the least known of the three outside Chile, and this volume redresses that by offering an introduction to this astonishing body of work, the first comprehensive selection in English.

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Peter Larkin  Introgression Latewood
Published September 2017. Paperback, 206pp, 9 x 6ins, £12.95 / $20
ISBN 9781848615588 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
"Larkin’s writing maps out and conceptually creates a scarce, minimally legible layer, and does so as a form of adoration or communion – the presence of scarcity makes its opposite, creative plenitude, come as close as possible." —Edmund Hardy
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Pura López Colomé   Speaking in Song (Hearing and Forgetting)
Translated from Spanish by Dan Bellm. 
Published September 2017. Paperback, 154pp, 9x 6ins, £10.95 / $18.50
ISBN 9781848615540 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Among the most ambitious and varied work of Pura López Colomé’s distinguished career, Speaking in Song displays the poet’s extraordinary range and musicality, conducting philosophical interrogations of the natural world—and one’s story, history, and place in it—in the context of hearing and memory, and in the form of song. Many of the poems have been set to music by composers from Mexico, the United States, and the United Kingdom. 
 

 

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Aidan Semmens   Life Has Become More Cheerful
Published October 2017. Paperback, 104pp, 9 x 6ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848615533 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
'The mordantly titled Life Has Become More Cheerful is a chilling quote by Stalin after the horrors of the Great Purge in 1938 and sets the tone for what is to come. The first poem announces 1917, the start of the Russian Revolution, and from there follows its aftermath, interspersed with passages from the Book of Revelations. Employing first-hand accounts and factual information, we are taken on a selected tour of 20th-century Russia with a few interconnected diversions on the way.' —Geraldine Monk
 
‘It is not only the scope and ambition of Semmens’s work that is striking. At each step we are given a poetry which examines the exact pathology of revolution itself, conveyed in a series of highly charged monologues’ —Kelvin Corcoran
 
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Robert Sheppard (ed.)  Twitters for a Lark: Poetry of the European Union of Imaginary Authors
Published October 2017. Paperback, 122pp, 9 x 6ins, £9.95 / $18
ISBN 9781848615656 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
The EUOIA is the brainchild of Belgian poet René Van Valckenborch. For his last project before his disappearance around 2010, Van Valckenborch supposedly asked one poet from each of the EU states to write him a poem. Of course, he wrote them himself  …  Each poem was then supposedly translated into Flemish (or occasionally French) via robot (online) translators and the resultant poem ‘finalised’ by Van Valckenborch before presentation on this website. The poems that follow are best thought of as collaborations between Van Valckenborch and the 25 imaginary poets and the robot translator. (As the EU expanded so did the Union: there are now 27 ‘members’.)
      We have, as usual, been accused of making these translations ourselves, or even of making the poets up (many of them might take exception, a few might be rather tickled by that suggestion). Firstly our expertise does not extend to all the languages encountered. Secondly, our professional pride as translators would have prohibited the use of electronic translation devices and we have only been forced to enter into a secondary relationship with this medium by Van Valckenborch’s engagement with it, which we rather regret.  —Annemie and Martin Krol-Dupuis (Brussels).
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Irene Solà   Beast
Translated from Catalan by Oscar Holloway & the author. Bilingual edition.. 
Published October 2017. Paperback, 78pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848615526 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
Beast is the first collection in English from award-winning Catalan poet Irene Solà, a darkly imaged, startling and lyrically precise exploration of gender, identity, sexuality and multiple forms of desire.
 
Beast enters incisively, like claws. It arrives with gleaming fur and stinking. It’s a creature that spills its guts and impels the same from others—peoples, animals, limbs, foodstuffs, logical thinking, familial and sexual relations. In Irene Solà’s scenes, there’s nothing that isn’t jammed together and insecure but what’s constant is temperament. Beast comes swiftly, with a brazen laugh and cocked ears. Watch out when the lines pause for weird and possibly lethal detours. As Solà jolts, pulses and pushes off, she might leave the paths littered with bouquets or corpses.” —Heather Phillipson
Cover of Irene Sola - Beast
 
Marina Tsvetaeva   After Russia (The First Notebook)
Translated from Russian by Christopher Whyte. 
Published October 2017. Paperback, 142pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £9.95 / $18
ISBN 9781848615496 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
After Russia (1928) is considered to mark the high point in Marina Tsvetaeva’s output of shorter, lyrical poems. Tsvetaeva told Boris Pasternak that all that mattered in the book was its anguish. Breathtaking technical mastery and experimentation are underpinned by suicidal thoughts, a sense of exclusion from the circle of human love and companionship, and an increasing alienation from life itself. The sequence ‘Trees’ evokes the hills and woods of Bohemia where Tsvetaeva loved to roam, while ‘Wires’ takes telegraph wires as the central image for the geographical distance separating her from Pasternak.
     The volume presented here offers the first of the two notebooks; the second will follow in 2018.
 
 
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Hanne Bramness  The Weight of Light

Translated from Norwegian by Frances Presley, with the author. 
Published October 2017. Paperback, 82pp, 8 x 5ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848615465 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

“She tries to conjure up places and situations which normal language does not reach, from which it has disappeared, and then let something unheard communicate with us across a distance for which we have no words. (…) What she adds is her fabulous gift of making her material physical.” —Hadle Oftedal Andersen, Klassekampen
 
“Hanne Bramness’ own voice gently finds its way through a common language, not as insistence but as a presence, where the spontaneous warmth of feeling and intellectual distance balance each other.” —Lennart Sjögren, Lyrikvännen
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Carol Watts   When blue light falls

Published October 2017. Paperback, 86pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £9.95 / $17
ISBN 9781848615267 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

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Aleksandrs Čaks   Selected Poems

Translated from Latvian by Pēteris Cedriņš
Published October 2017. Paperback, 132pp, 9 x 6ins, £9.95 / $18
ISBN 9781848615571 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]

Čaks (1901-50) is Latvia’s leading mid-20th-century poet, an early adopter of modern literary tendencies from wider Europe, and one of the first really urban poets in the Latvian language – until his eruption onto the scene, Latvian poetry had been grounded in rural life, reflecting the preponderance of Latvian speakers in the countryside, compared to the large German- (and later Russian- ) speaking population in the cities. His first book appeared in 1928, and he threw himself into the Riga literary scene by creating a magazine devoted to younger writers. He made a living by teaching and through magazine journalism. This is the first book devoted to his work in Britain.

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Kelvin Corcoran (editor)   Shearsman magazine 113 & 114
Published October 2017. Paperback, 108pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins, £8.95 / $16
ISBN 9781848615410
 
The second issue of Shearsman magazine for 2017 — we expect to announce the contents in August.
Cover of Shearsman magazine number 113 & 114
 
Ágnes Lehóczky  Swimming Pool
Published October 2017. Paperback, 130pp, 9 x 6ins, £9.95 / $18
ISBN 9781848615427 [Download a sample PDF from this book here.]
 
Here the text or the poem is a swimming pool, a pool in which language or thought-as-body glide through cultural and or phenomenological spaces; fluid places for being, thinking or even swimming in the world. It is polyglot within English, let alone in relation to all the other tongues that are almost audible and to the maps of Europe that move to and fro somewhere beneath the text.
 
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