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  • The Touch of Timeby Stewart Conn

    Bloodaxe Books 2014; US$ 18.99

    The Touch of Time is a comprehensive retrospective of the work of one of Scotland's leading poets drawing on ten previous books published over five decades. The new work here pursues the themes of his earlier Bloodaxe collections Stolen Light: Selected Poems (1999), Ghosts at Cockcrow (2005) and The Breakfast Room (2010). With what Professor Carla... more...

  • Finding a Leg to Stand Onby Connie Bensley

    Bloodaxe Books 2014; US$ 16.99

    Connie Bensley's poems are sharply satirical, often poking fun at social pretence and suburban pretension. They present a comedy of manners in which mismatched characters are bounced between love, death and disappointment. Hers is a seemingly small world but one which spans a whole universe of everyday life. Finding a Leg to Stand On is a retrospective... more...

  • Guffby Brendan Kennelly

    Bloodaxe Books 2014; US$ 15.99

    Brendan Kennelly's Guff is both mouthpiece and mouthed off, Devil's advocate and self critic, everyman and every writer consumed by self-doubt and self-questioning. The book of Guff is about words writing the man. Words drive him into the cave of himself where he questions everything including words that seem to constitute answers and answers that... more...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...