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  • Ethiopia Boyby Chris Beckett

    Carcanet 2013; US$ 14.51

    Chris Beckett grew up in 1960s Ethiopia, a country he describes as a ‘barefoot empire, home of black-maned lions... old priests decked out like butterflies and blazing young singers of Ethio-jazz?. Ethiopia Boy plunges the reader into praise poems that sing and boast and glory in the colours and textures of this extraordinary country. Here is a world... 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...

  • 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...

  • Proof of Identityby Neil Powell

    Carcanet Press Ltd. 2012; US$ 16.99

    Exploring the deep roots of identity, this poetry collection by Neil Powell touches upon inherited family histories, memories, and the casual decisions and wrong turns that make us who we are. From subjects such as childhood, leaving home, and first love to a compelling narrative based on a journal kept by Powell?s grandmother of her life in South... 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...

  • 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...

  • Valparaisoby Mary O'Malley

    Carcanet Press Ltd. 2012; US$ 16.99

    A compilation of skillful poetry charting the journey of Ireland through economic boom and bust, this book, which was inspired on an Irish research ship, explores the science of going under and staying afloat. Touching upon other subjects as well, including love and homecoming, this collection asks what effects such transformations have on the imagination. 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...

  • Dance of Lifeby Gail Fincham

    Ohio University Press 2012; US$ 27.99

    In recent years, the work of Zakes Mda?novelist, painter, composer, theater director and filmmaker?has attracted worldwide critical attention. Gail Fincham?s book examines the five novels Mda has written since South Africa?s transition to democracy: Ways of Dying (1995), The Heart of Redness (2000), The Madonna of Excelsior (2002), The Whale... more...