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  • Slowly, As Ifby Karen Press

    Carcanet 2012; US$ 14.51

    In Slowly, As If, Karen Press looks clear-eyed at what it means to live in a complex society, a fragile world. She celebrates the connectedness that sustains us – in dance, in love, with the natural world, in cities where ‘strangers seem happy / to let you be? – and sees it betrayed by our unreflecting complicity in poverty and violence. The death... more...

  • An Ordinary Dogby Gregory Woods

    Carcanet Press Ltd. 2011; US$ 15.95

    Both intimate and detached, this poetry compilation delves into the politics and aesthetics of desire—sacred and profane, frantic and serene, refined and grubby. Reflecting upon the comedy of human needs and the vanity of human wishes, these poems consider times of crisis when history is lived and reinvented, myth degenerates into faith, and reason... more...

  • Collected Poems 1935-1992by F.T. Prince

    Carcanet 2013; US$ 21.80

    F.T. Prince?s Collected Poems 1935-1992 incorporates all the work that he wished to preserve, from his earliest published poems to late, uncollected pieces. Prince has become best known for his wartime poem ‘Soldiers Bathing?, a meditation on violence and redemption. Collected Poems reveals the riches of a lifetime?s work. His poetry combines a deep... more...

  • Straggling into Winterby Kathy Kituai

    IP (Interactive Publications) 2012; US$ 9.00

    Highly Commended, IP Picks 2007, Best Poetry A serene and very human voice emerges from a year-long tanka journal in which the changing seasons reflect the poet?s thoughts on illness, love, and world events. The great delight of the tanka is the jewel-like images it produces: how a bowl captures moonlight, willow twigs flaring at sunset, a poet... more...

  • A Novelist and a Zombie Walk Into a Barby Jay Bonansinga

    BenBella Books, Inc. 2012; US$ 0.99

    From Triumph of The Walking Dead: Robert Kirkman's Zombie Epic on Page and Screen : Jay Bonansinga explores the translation of comic books into novels. more...

  • Collected Poems: Peter McDonaldby Peter McDonald

    Carcanet Press Ltd. 2012; US$ 16.99

    A collection of five books of poems by Northern Irish poet Peter McDonald, this book ranges wildly across subjects and forms and combines intense emotional perception with a historical and personal imagination. Ambitious and original, it meditates on place, belonging, loss, and love while exploring the haunting persistence of memories and the acts... more...

  • Sounds of a Cowhide Drum/Imisindo Yesigubhu Sesikhumba Senkomoby Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali

    Jacana Media 2012; US$ 14.99

    Originally published in 1971 by Lionel Abrahams' Renoster Books, this book quickly became a classic of South African literature, but has been unavailable for many years. This new edition carries a simultaneous isiZulu translation of the poems, and a new foreword by Nadine Gordimer. more...

  • Canary's Songbookby Karen Press

    Carcanet Press Ltd. 2005; US$ 15.95

    The power of history to shape people and politics is explored in this collection of finely wrought poems. The desire to find ancestors who can be invoked as sources of wisdom, or remembered as examples of imprudence, is a central preoccupation of these poems that are given additional potency because of South Africa's painful dialogue with its own... more...

  • Slowly, As Ifby Karen Press

    Carcanet Press Ltd. 2012; US$ 16.99

    Written by leading South African poet and feminist thinker Karen Press, these poems are varied in tone and formal invention. Examining themes as diverse as imperialism, historical memory, urban planning, love, poets, and folk dancing, this compilation adjusts its personal, political, and ecological focus on a new South Africa in which a change of... more...

  • The Swerveby Julith Jedamus

    Carcanet Press Ltd. 2012; US$ 16.99

    A remarkable first collection, this book of poetry ranges from the snowy landscapes of Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales to the canal-paths of Drenthe. Delving into the dramatics of relationships?familial, romantic, and historical?these pieces demonstrate the poet?s acute sensitivity to language and artistic eye for the visual. Clear and dazzling,... more...