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  • Shakespeare's Sonnetsby Philip Terry

    Carcanet Press Ltd. 2011; US$ 15.95

    Inspired by the flotsam of contemporary culture, journalism, and spam emails, this collection of poetry transforms Shakespeare?s sonnet sequence into a celebration of the possibilities of language unleashed. Shakespeare?s themes of fading beauty, posterity, immortality, and death find their modern-day responses in celebrity gossip, consumer products,... more...

  • A to Bby Gerry McGrath

    Carcanet Press Ltd. 2008; US$ 15.95

    What began as a single poem written on a long drive into the countryside north of Glasgow has evolved into an imaginative collection exploring memory, journey, vulnerability, and love. This book of haunting verse ranges in theme, with observations on everything from a plane's ascent into the evening sky to imagined piano notes being absorbed by the... more...

  • Arguing with Malarchyby Carola Luther

    Carcanet Press Ltd. 2011; US$ 15.95

    A collection of poetry by South African-born, Yorkshire-based Carola Luther, this account is a chronicle of mourning, renewal, and the realities of human relationships. Addressed to the eponymous ‘Malarchy?—a magical, quarrelsome, and often drunken young boy—these poems explore silences, absences, the unspoken communication between animals and human... more...

  • Deceiving Wild Creaturesby Jeremy Over

    Carcanet Press Ltd. 2009; US$ 15.95

    Creating a world of delight and amazement through language and love, this collection of bright, innocent poems celebrates the confusion of everyday life. Written with a brazen defiance of all things grave and serious, these poems disentangle the absurd and unreasonable, only to create a fun and challenging knot of language that defines the elusive... more...

  • Clueless Dogsby Rhian Edwards

    Seren 2012; US$ 10.99

    Clueless Dogs is the first collection of poetry by Rhian Edwards. Already a noted performer of both her songs and poetry, this book confirms her startling talent and is shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Poems like 'The Welshman Who Couldn't Sing' chronicle a fraught childhood in Bridgend, south Wales, where the sensitive... more...

  • All Justby David Herd

    Carcanet 2012; US$ 11.99

    All Just, David Herd's second Carcanet collection, makes poems from the fractured phrases and competing idioms of contemporary movement, its translations between public and private spaces. Conversations start and are broken off. Public announcements intervene in private situations. In the background, an emergency is about to unfold. Taking bearings... more...

  • Misprintby James Womack

    Carcanet 2012; US$ 11.99

    ‘The only end of writing,’ Dr Johnson said, ‘is to enable the readers better to enjoy life, or better to endure it.’ Misprint offers the reader countries and languages perceived through the eyes of youth and loss. Untimely deaths and memories of far-off lands abound, some dreamed, some lived. In this first collection, James Womack... more...

  • Roosterby Gerry McGrath

    Carcanet 2012; US$ 11.99

    Rooster, Gerry McGrath’s second book of poems, observes with painterly precision the commonplaces of our experience, creating landscapes of emotional range and intensity. Biography, history, geography are interwoven in potent new forms: a lover’s fragile caress, the ‘expeditionary skill’ of a dentist, the death of irony celebrated... more...

  • Clueless Dogsby Rhian Edwards

    Seren 2012; US$ 17.99

    Brave and beautiful, this remarkable debut collection of poetry features the edgy, modern voice of an urban female. From poems of a fraught childhood in Bridgend, south Wales—where a sensitive child escapes through imaginative games—to works depicting student rivalries, damaged peers, and tense situations associated with teenage problems, this compilation... more...

  • Handsby Moya Cannon

    Carcanet Press Ltd. 2011; US$ 16.99

    Written by the prizewinning Irish poet Moya Cannon, this collection explores the effects of time, change, migration, and travel—in both the human and the natural worlds. Sensuous and resonant, these poems are votive offerings that possess musicality and are sensitive to the functional qualities language. more...