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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.

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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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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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Ian Davidson  On the Way to Work

Published June 2017. Paperback, 32pp, 8.5 x 5.5ins £6.50 / $9.95
ISBN 9781848615632 [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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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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Theodore Enslin  To an Unknown Shore
Published June 2017. Paperback, 92pp, 9 x 6ins, £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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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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