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  • Deep Fieldby Philip Gross

    Bloodaxe Books 2014; US$ 14.99

    In his nineties Philip Gross's father, a wartime refugee, began to lose his several languages, first to deafness, then profound aphasia. Deeply thought as well as deeply felt, these poems reach into that gulf to find him -through recovery of histories both spoken and unspoken as well as an excavation of the spoken word itself. Readers who admired Philip... more...

  • Prettyby Ahren Warner

    Bloodaxe Books 2014; US$ 15.99

    Ahren Warner's second collection of poems opens with the sequence Lut&èce, te amo: a raw paean to the Paris it inhabits that flits between past and present and offers both adoration and horror in equal measure. Elsewhere, London 'licks and laps'; an anonymous man 'works his bones with a micro-plane' and translations of Baudelaire and Koj&ève rub shoulders... more...

  • The Fire Stepby Tom French

    The Gallery Press 2013; US$ 14.99

    Even now, as we rise to check on the children where they sleep within earshot of the river, two midwives are rising in darkness to dress for all weathers . . . Eight years after the appearance of Tom French's award-winning first collection The Fire Step confirms the promise and achievement of his debut. His gift for creating stunning elegiac moments... more...

  • Waiting for Bluebeardby Helen Ivory

    Bloodaxe Books 2014; US$ 15.99

    Waiting for Bluebeard tries to understand how a girl could grow up to be the woman living in Bluebeard's house. The story begins with a part-remembered, part-imagined childhood, where seances are held, and a father drowns in oil beneath the skeleton of his car. When her childhood home coughs up birds in the parlour, the girl enters Bluebeard's house... more...

  • Spindriftby Vona Groarke

    The Gallery Press 2013; US$ 11.99

    POETRY BOOK SOCIETY RECOMMENDATION Groarke is superb at sidestepping or skirting the subject, the better to wrong-foot the reader and set us right down, surprised, in the middle of things . . . Spindrift is suffused with a candour, delicacy and intelligence that should win her many new readers.' — from the Poetry Book Society citation. Vona Groarke's... more...

  • Tiger Facing the Mistby Pauline Stainer

    Bloodaxe Books 2014; US$ 14.99

    Pauline Stainer is a poet 'working at the margins of the sacred', conveying sensations 'with an economy of means that is breathtaking… her poems are not merely artefacts, they have an organic life of their own' (John Burnside). As in all her books, the luminous poems of her eighth collection Tiger Facing the Mist are minimal but highly charged -with... more...

  • Ireland Is Changing Motherby Rita Ann Higgins

    Bloodaxe Books 2014; US$ 14.99

    Ireland Is Changing Mother is the latest collection from Rita Ann Higgins: provocative and heart-warming poems of high jinx, jittery grief and telling social comment by a gutsy, anarchic chronicler of the lives of the Irish dispossessed, before as well as since the demise of the Celtic tiger. 'It shouldn't be unusual to hear a smart, sassy, unabashed,... more...

  • Censorship of British Drama Vol. Iby Steve Nicholson

    Exeter University Press 2014; US$ 95.00

    This book is based on a systematic exploration of the Lord Chamberlain’s Correspondence archives, which contain files for every play submitted for a public performance licence in Great Britain. Volume One covers the period before 1932, when theatre was widely seen to possess an almost unique power to shape the future of society, determining what... more...

  • Censorship of British Drama Vol. IIby Steve Nicholson

    Exeter University Press 2014; US$ 95.00

    The second part of British Theatre censorship, is based on previously undocumented material in the Lord Chamberlain's correspondence archives in the British Library and the Royal Archives at Windsor. This volume covers the years before the outbreak of the Second World War, and the war itself, as well as the immediate post-war period. The book is... more...

  • Day Releaseby Aidan Rooney-Cespedes

    The Gallery Press 2014; US$ 12.99

    Aidan Rooney-Cespedes' first collection reveals an unusual maturity and singular scope. His widely published, prize-winning poems range from the rich imaginings of "Retro Creation" through various locales -- from County Monaghan, where he was born and raised, Paris and the literary past, to North America, where he now lives. As it blends the colloquial... more...