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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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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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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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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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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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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. 
     Above all else, this is a book which celebrates language and art, and explores how we navigate the world around us, seen and unseen; how we might wonder, explain, and begin to understand.
 
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Lisa Samuels  Symphony for Human Transport
Published May 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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