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  • The Church of Omnivorous Lightby Robert Wrigley

    Bloodaxe Books 2014; US$ 18.99

    Robert Wrigley is a poet of America's northern Rocky Mountains. Over three decades his poetry's pervading concerns have been rural Western landscapes and humankind's place within the natural world. His most recent poems have presented a portrait of a nation, one that is a singular part of a singular planet, with an exuberant and frequently exasperating... more...

  • Grun-tu-molaniby Vidyan Ravinthiran

    Bloodaxe Books 2014; US$ 15.99

    Vidyan Ravinthiran's much-anticipated first collection contains many poems about Sri Lanka which fuse politi, personal history and myth. Yet his voice pitches itself not so much halfway between East and West as between emotional forthrightness and linguistic exuberance. Traditional forms contend with brusquer impulses in an era of technological distortion;... more...

  • Omnesia (alternative text)by W.N. Herbert

    Bloodaxe Books 2014; US$ 15.99

    Omnesia' is Bill Herbert's melding of omniscience and amnesia, the modern condition of thinking we can know everything about our world but, in actuality, retaining dangerously little. This doubly impressive new collection -published in twin editions, the alternative text and the remix -approaches and evades such flawed totality. For the past seven... more...

  • The Pleasure Groundby Richard Murphy

    Bloodaxe Books 2014; US$ 18.99

    Richard Murphy, now in his eighties, is one of Ireland's most distinguished poets, known particularly for poems drawing on the people and history of the west of Ireland with classical rigour and 'unvarnished' clarity. He emerged in the 1950s with John Montague and Thomas Kinsella as one of the three major poets in the new Irish poetic renaissance.... more...

  • The Day Hospitalby Sally Read

    Bloodaxe Books 2014; US$ 14.99

    Across one day in London, twelve elderly men and women sit in flats, walk, or wait, and speak about their histories, their hopes, their loves, their disappointments and griefs -and above all seek to express who they are and what their life has been. Most are immigrants -Irish, West Indian, Polish, Italian, and German, struggling with a feeling of rootlessness.... more...

  • Mappa Mundiby Philip Gross

    Bloodaxe Books 2014; US$ 12.99

    The medieval Mappa Mundi showed the real world hedged about with wonders. Philip Gross's poems in Mappa Mundi are as vividly observed and sometimes fabulous as the traveller's tales of antiquity. Like those creatures in the margins of old maps they are hybrids of real longings, truth and lies. Each is a journey, open-ended and surprising, giving glimpses... more...

  • I Have Crossed an Oceanby Grace Nichols

    Bloodaxe Books 2014; US$ 18.99

    Grace Nichols' poetry has a gritty lyricism that addresses the transatlantic connections central to the Caribbean-British experience. Her work brings a mythic awareness and a sensuous musicality that is at the same time disquieting. Born and educated in Guyana, Grace Nichols moved to Britain in 1977. I Have Crossed an Ocean is a comprehensive selection... more...

  • Omnesia (remix)by W.N. Herbert

    Bloodaxe Books 2014; US$ 15.99

    Omnesia' is Bill Herbert's melding of omniscience and amnesia, the modern condition of thinking we can know everything about our world but, in actuality, retaining dangerously little. This doubly impressive new collection -published in twin editions, the alternative text and the remix -approaches and evades such flawed totality. For the past seven... more...

  • Life on Earthby Derek Mahon

    The Gallery Press 2014; US$ 14.99

    Given a choice of worlds, here or beyond, I'd pick this one not once but many times . . .' — from Homage to Goa' The publication of a new book of poems by Derek Mahon is a momentous occasion. Life on Earth collects, and adds to, work which has appeared recently in limited editions. It opens with celebrations of notable exemplars: Coleridge, Chekhov,... more...

  • Laughing Cultby Kevin McCaffrey

    Four Winds Press 2014; US$ 9.99

    Inspired by the spirit and approach of Bertolt Brecht's Manual of Piety , the poems of Laughing Cult often employ the structures of ballads, folksongs, and other traditional forms to create miniature sketches marked by romantic ambiguity, occultism, science fiction, and quirky angst. As cool in tone as a Lee Konitz solo and as lacking in affect... more...