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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...

  • 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...

  • Nine Fathom Deepby David Constantine

    Bloodaxe Books 2014; US$ 14.99

    Like the work of the European poets who have nourished him, David Constantine's poetry is informed by a profoundly humane vision of the world. In his title-poem -which illuminates the themes of the whole book -the lovers are a utopian answering back against the curse (following a crime against Nature) that is carried by the ship passing above them.... more...

  • Uncollected Poemsby R.S. Thomas

    Bloodaxe Books 2014; US$ 15.99

    R.S. Thomas (1913-2000) is a major writer of our time, one of the finest religious poets in the English language and one of Wales's greatest poets. His output was prolific: over six decades he published some 25 individual collections of poems, as well as several volumes of prose. A substantial number of his poems, however, have hitherto remained uncollected,... more...

  • Ground Waterby Matthew Hollis

    Bloodaxe Books 2014; US$ 12.99

    ?In this sparkling debut, Matthew Hollis immerses us in the undercurrents of our lives. Love and loss are buoyed by a house full of milk, an orchard underwater, the laws of walking on water. Rainwater, floodwater, flux -the liquid landscapes which shift relentlessly in Ground Water -threaten and comfort by turns. Matthew Hollis's poems are brimming... more...

  • Catulla et alby Tiffany Atkinson

    Bloodaxe Books 2014; US$ 14.99

    Catulla et al summons up the sensual and scandalous spirit of the Latin poet Catullus -his lyricism, diatribe and bawdy -by turns wrenching, cynical and outrageous. But whereas the Roman love chronicler is a young man about town, Tiffany Atkinson's Catulla is a free-thinking female confronting modern mores with both ambivalence and uneasy embarrassment.... more...

  • What Long Milesby Kona Macphee

    Bloodaxe Books 2014; US$ 14.99

    Kona Macphee's What Long Miles is a characteristically eclectic collection from an ever-inventive writer, the winner of the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for her previous collection, Perfect Blue. The poems range widely - nature and culture, body and psyche, the urban and the rural, the everyday and the revelatory - driven by a poetic sensibility both... more...