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AESCHYLUS

Suppliants
(& Sophocles' "Ajax")

tr. James Kerr, publ. Oberon Books. 95pp. pb
Aeschylus challenges us to witness the emotional cost of exile and, in doing so, helps us to understand a contemporary issue. In some of the most opulent and purely lovely choral odes ever written, he describes the fate of the daughters of Danaus as they beg for asylum in Argos. It was produced at the Gate Theatre in 1998, directed by the translator.

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AKHMATOVA, Anna

Selected Poems

tr. Richard McKane, publ. Bloodaxe Books. 336pp. pb
Large edition of Russia's greatest modern poet. "McKane's Akhmatova versions are unparalleled...restrained brilliance and an extraordinary personal power" (Peter Levi)

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ANEIRIN

Y Gododdin

tr. A.O.H.Jarman, publ. Gomer Press. 205 pp. hb
"Y Gododdin is a poem composed, as it were by a witness of a catastrophic event (a 6th.c. battle at Catterick between the Welsh and the English - the Welsh were overwhelmed by superior numbers and perished without a survivor.
As the earliest known major work of literature in a native language of the British Isles it is of vast cultural interest and importance."

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ANGELIS, Milo de

Between the Blast Furnaces and the Dizziness
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tr. Emanuel di Pasquale, publ. Chelsea Editions. Bilingual - 204pp. pb
"There is a luminous heart inside De Angelis' words - words made bright both by his genuine feelings and his startling imagery ... In his creative grace, De Angelis gives us songs, and images so close to life they become life - even the machine as holy ... 'Between the blast furnaces and the dizziness', there is a 'celestial boat'. In Milo de Angelis' poetry, the human, the machine and the divine merge." from the Introduction by Emanuel di Pasquale

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ANONYMOUS

The Nibelungenlied

tr. A.T.Hatto, publ. Penguin Classics. 404pp. pb
This great German epic poem of murder and revenge was composed nearly 800 years ago by an unnamed poet. It is the principal expression of those heroic legends of which Richard Wagner made such free use in The Ring. Readable and exciting.

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APOLLINAIRE, Guillaume

Apollinaire
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tr. Robert Chandler (& others), publ. Everyman's Poetry. 101pp. pb
"The last of the poets whose lines young people know by heart, ... in the pure tradition of Villon, La Fontaine, Nerval, Baudelaire, Verlaine." (André Billy) His importance in the life of pre-first war Paris is vividly revealed by the many fine drawings and paintings of him: by Braque, Max Jacob, Picasso, Henri Rousseau and others.

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Apollinaire
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tr. Oliver Bernard, publ. Anvil Press. Bilingual - 171pp. pb
Apollinaire's poetry reflects the heady years of artistic and intellectual ferment before the First World War. The most dynamic modernist French poet and the champion of the Cubist painters, he is remembered as much for his more traditional lyric poems as for the typographical experiments of his 'calligrammes'. Oliver Bernard's translations are immediately engaging in their vividness and humour.

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AUGUSTIN, Michael

Mickle Makes Muckle

tr. Sujata Bhatt, publ. Dedalus Press. 140pp. pb
Poems, mini plays and short prose. The author is the recipient of the Friedrich-Hebbel-Prize and the Kurt-Magnus-Prize, and the translator of numerous awards including the Commonwealth Translation Prize and the Cholmondeley Award.

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AUSLÄNDER, Rosa

Mother Tongue

tr. Jean Boase-Beier & Anthony Vivis, publ. Arc Publications. 92pp. pb
The poet suffered in a ghetto under the Nazis and these poems, mostly dating from post-war years, reflect with vivid imagery her human experiences of love, isolation, friendship, struggle, death.

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BALMER, Josephine

Chasing Catullus
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Propertius
Virgil

publ. Bloodaxe Books. 64pp. pb
This book ventures into the border territory, the no-man's-land between poetry and translation, juxtaposing new poems with fresh versions of ancient texts, brazenly reimagining classical literature, wittily subverting epic works, overwriting the past like a palimpsest.

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BASTELAERE, Dirk van

The Last to Leave

tr. Willem Groenewegen, John Irons & Francis R.Jones, publ. Shearsman Books. 118pp. pb
Dirk van Bastelaere is one of the leading poets in Flanders. He came to prominence with his award-winning first collection Viif jaar 1984 and then published in 1988 Pornschlegel en andere gedichten, which was to win him recognition as the most important postmodern poet in Flanders. In 2000 he published Hartswedervaren for which he was awarded the Flemish Culture Prize.

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BARGHOUTI, Mourid

Midnight & other poems

tr. Radwa Ashour, publ. Arc Publications. 118pp. pb
Mourid Barghouti has spent many years in exile, and his long poem "Midnight" is a rich montage of images of the land of his birth and the strong emotionel responses to which these images give rise.

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BAUDELAIRE, Charles

Spleen
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tr. Nicholas Moore, publ. Menard Press. Bilingual - 60pp. pb
In 1968 the Sunday Times set a Baudelaire translation competition to be judged by George Steiner. The response contained an extrordinary multiple entry, 31 versions of the same poem, Spleen, submitted under a number of pseudonyms but all originating from Nicholas Moore. In the 1940s he had been as famous as Dylan Thomas, but his last volume of poems was published in 1950. This publication of the 31 versions contains also essays by the poets Roy Fisher and Peter Riley, and Moore's own prose introduction.

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Baudelaire
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tr. Laurence Lerner, publ. Everyman's Poetry - 98pp. pb
A collection of many of Baudelaire's most popular poems, splendidly translated by Laurence Lerner, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. This series is superb value!

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Charles Baudelaire - Complete Poems

tr. Walter Martin, publ. Carcanet Press. Bilingual - 447pp. pb
An excellent new translation (publ. 1997) of all Baudelaire's poetry, excluding only juvenilia, occasional verse and work of doubtful attribution.

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Baudelaire in English
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ed. Carol Clark & Robert Sykes, publ. Penguin Classics - 267pp. pb
This new (1997) Penguin series "Poets in Translation" offers the best translations in English, through the centuries, of the major Classical and European poets.

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Charles Baudelaire - Selected Poems
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prose tr. Carol Clark, publ. Penguin Classics. Bilingual - 229pp. pb
"Baudelaire is indeed the greatest exemplar of modern poetry in any language." (T.S.Eliot) With introduction, notes and prose translation by Carol Clark, Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford.

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Charles Baudelaire - The Flowers of Evil
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ed. Marthiel & Jackson Mathews, publ. New Directions Publ. Corp. Bilingual - 448pp. pb
In compiling their classic, bilingual edition of The Flowers of Evil, the late Marthiel and Jackson Mathews chose from the work of forty-one translators to create a collection that is "a commentary on the present state of the art of translation". The Mathews' volume is a poets' homage to Baudelaire as well."

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Baudelaire - Paris Spleen
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tr. Louise Varèse, publ. New Directions Publ. Corp. Bilingual - 118pp. pb
This series of prose poems was composed between 1855 and the death of the poet in 1867. Lewis Piaget Shanks calls Paris Spleen "the final expression of the poet's vision of the world, of his melancholia, his idealism, his desperate desire to flee from the prison of his subjectivity, his furious longing to find some escape from the ugliness of modern life. They are the center of his work: absolutely devoid of pose, they explain all the rest of it."

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BECKER, Lucien

Love at the full
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tr. Christopher Pilling, publ. Flambard Press. Bilingual - 96pp. pb
Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation.
Love. Desire. Eroticism. "In these poems woman and the outside world merge into one", Lucien Becker said of poems that were to form the nucleus of his 1954 collection "Plein amour". In this translation of that collection, love and woman are central, as are the villages and countryside of Lorraine. Becker's finest achievement, brought over into English for the first time by the poet Christopher Pilling.

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BÉCQUER, Gustavo Adolfo

Collected Poems (Rimas)
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tr. Michael Smith, publ. Shearsman Books. Bilingual - 183pp. pb
"... Bécquer was one of Spain's most important 19th. century poets, and the instigator of a new Spanish version of Romanticism, influenced by German models, such as Heine. Born in Seville in 1836, the son of an artist, he lived only 34 years but in that time created a hugely influential body of verse ..." With an Introduction by Michael Smith and Luis Ingelmo.

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BEI DAO

Landscape Over Zero

tr. David Hinton with Yanbing Chen, publ. Anvil Press. Bilingual - 103pp. pb
China's preeminent contemporary poet, Bei Dao was exiled from his homeland in 1989. He was recently elected an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. "Bei Dao's genius and his menace consist in a seamless merging of metaphor and politics; his is a guerilla battle fought at the level of language." (Nate Johnson, Chicago Tribune)

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BEOWULF
& the fight at Finnsburh
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tr. Louis J. Rodrigues, publ. Runetree Press. Bilingual - 179pp. pb
A new 'rendering' of this old epic poem, in parallel text with glossary and genealogies to help readers follow the intricate relationships which characterised heroic society.

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BEOWULF
- a verse translation
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tr. Michael Alexander, publ. Penguin Classics - 137pp. pb
Michael Alexander's landmark modern English verse translation has been revised to take account of new readings and interpretations. His introduction discusses the central themes of Beowulf and its place among epic poems, the history of publication and reception, and issues of translation.

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BEOWULF
- bilingual edition

tr. Seamus Heaney, publ. Faber & Faber - 218pp. pb
"Now, for the first time, the Old English text - which survived only in a single scorched manuscript, now held in the British Museum - can be read in conjunction with the translation on facing pages. "Heaney's intelligence, fine ear and obvious love of the poem bring Beowulf alive as a melancholy masterpiece, a complex Christian-pagan lament for duty, glory, loss and transience. Heaney has done it (and us) a great service." (Claire Harman, Evening Standard)

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BERTOLUCCI, Attilio

Selected Poems
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tr. Charles Tomlinson, publ. Bloodaxe Books. Bilingual - 160pp. pb
Peter Levi calls this poet "one of the most interesting and sympathetic poets in Italian (in the 20th. century) ... exquisitely subtle poetry ... a translation of a master by a master."

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BETOCCHI, Carlo

Awakenings
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tr. Ned Condini, publ. Chelsea Editions. Bilingual - 223pp. pb
Betocchi's great poetry is still to be discovered: the place that has been assigned to it in the hierarchy of the Italian twentieth century in no way corresponds to its value." - Giovanni Raboni

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BONNEFOY, Yves

On the Motion and Immobility of Douve
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tr. Galway Kinnell, publ. Bloodaxe Books. Bilingual - 192pp. pb
Bonnefoy's concern with what separates language from an essential truth hidden in objects involves him in philosophical and theological investigations of the spiritual and the sacred. Introduced by Timothy Matthews.

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New and Selected Poems

ed. John Naughton & Anthony Rudolf , publ. Carcanet Press. Bilingual - 216pp. pb - Poetry Book Society Special Commendation for Translation.
Widely considered the most important and influential French poet since World War II, Bonnefoy was named to the Collège de France in 1981, the first poet honoured in this way since Paul Valéry. Spanning four decades and drawing on all his major collections, this selection provides a comprehensive overview and an ideal introduction to his work.

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Yesterday's Wilderness Kingdom
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trans. Anthony Rudolf , publ. MPT Books. Bilingual - 128pp.
Yves Bonnefoy is the most important and influential French poet since Francis Ponge and
René Char. Of Anthony Rudolf it has been said: "His translations of French poems are first-
rate, and could illuminate contemporary English poetic practice." (Robert Nye - The Times)
"... an excellent translator. Rudolf's versions (of Bonnefoy) are generally faultless, faithful
and rhythmically satisfying." (Stephen Romer - Times Literary Supplement)

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BORCHERS, Elisabeth

Winter on White Paper
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tr. Eva Bourke, publ. Dedalus Press. Bilingual - 88pp. pb
Born 1926 and growing up in Alsace, Elisabeth Borchers' life spans some of the most traumatic years in European history. Like her literary contemporaries she believed that the only way to cleanse ] the German language of the corruption effected by Nazi propaganda was to keep the poem clear, undecorated and almost minimalist. She has become one of the most highly admired and loved of contemporary German poets.

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BORGE, Tomás

Carlos, now the dawn's no fond illusion
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tr. Dinah Livingstone, publ. Katabasis. Bilingual - 89pp. pb
This prose poem graphically conveys the tremendous dreams and enormous difficulties of the Sandanistas' struggle in the mountains and cities of Nicaragua until their victory in 1979.

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BORGES, Jorge Luis

Selected Poems
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ed. Alexander Coleman, publ. Penguin Books. Bilingual - 484pp. pb
Selected from a lifetime's work, the poems explore themes that preoccupied Borges: the enigma of Time and history; the metaphysics of Schopenhauer and Berkeley; the cult of his ancestors and his 'mysterious habit called Buenos Aires'; and the imagery of morrors, mazes and swords. "One of the 20c most seductive and beguiling writers." (Daily Telegraph)

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BOSQUET, Alain

Lost Quatrains - Stances Perdues
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tr. Roger Little, publ. Dedalus Press. Bilingual - 54pp. pb
Bosquet was a very prolific writer, and his stature as a poet is warranted by the fact that his translators include Samuel Beckett and Lawrence Durrell. These "Lost Quatrains" were originally discovered on the margins of his manuscripts and offer a fine outline of his main themes, obsessions and ironies.

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No matter no fact

tr. Samuel Becket, Edouard Roditi, Alain Bosquet, Denise Levertov; publ. New Directions - 77pp. pb
"Reading this highly cultured and audacious poetry gave me great joy" (Thomas Mann) "They were poems written in a fraternal language that I could understand....You made yourself my friend, you have healed me from despair." (William Carlos Williams)

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BRAMNESS, Hanne

Salt on the Eye
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tr. Hanne Bramness & Frances Presley, publ. Shearsman Books - 127pp. pb
"Ever since her rich Norwegian debut with Korrespondanse in 1983, ... Hanne Bramness has been focused both on her own poetry and that of others, and in such a way that one has to applaud when she is awarded such prizes for her work as the 1996 Norwegian Poetry Club Prize, and last year's Dobloug Prize." (Helge Torvund in a review of "Salt på oyet")

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BRAVO CALDERARA, María Eugenia

Prayer in the National Stadium
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tr. Dinah Livingstone, publ. Katabasis. Bilingual - 90pp. pb
María Eugenia Bravo Calderara was imprisoned and tortured in Chile during the coup that overthrew Allende in 1973. She writes: "From the beginning I wrote about reality, and because I was a witness I thought it was important to show reality as it was. For this reason I chose as a theme the private soldiers, who were in charge of us in the place where we were detained." Her poetry goes far beyond politics.

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BUFFONI, Franco

Wings
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tr. Emanuele di Pasquale, publ. Chelsea Editions, 135 pp. pb -
Franco Buffoni lives in Rome. He is professor of literary criticism and comparative literature. Apart from writing many books of poetry, he is a journalist and editor of a literary review.

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BURINE, Claude de

Words have frozen over
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tr. Martin Sorrell, publ. Arc Publications. Bilingual - 121p. pb - Arc Visible Poets Series
"De Burine's images are the first thing that compels an English-speaking reader of these strange, passionate poems ... built almost entirely on imagery, where metaphor is poetic structure, and the freedom of the vision itself becomes a source of meaning. The legacy of the Surrealists is immediately apparent." (Susan Wicks)

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CADDEO, Rinaldo

Siren's Song
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tr. Adria Bernardi, publ. Chelsea Editions. Bilingual - 283p. pb -
"In the preface, Gabriela Fantato uses two terms that seem very apt in describing Caddeo's poetry: lightness and wit. The first of these two is implied by the pecularity of the chosen theme, the second is suggested in the poet's capacity to set out the themes on a wide fan, replete with situations, metaphors, reflections, which, as we have seen, end up yielding a paradoxical substance to shadow." (Franco Romanò)

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CALDERÓN, Pedro

"The Mayor of Zalamea", "Life's a Dream" & "The Great Theatre of the World"
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tr. Adrian Mitchell, publ. Oberon Books. 191p. pb
Pedro Calderón de la Barca (1600-1681) is one of the greatest playwrights of Spain's Golden Age. "Adrian Mitchell's translation into various verse forms is spectacular." (The Spectator) "(His) version of the multi-toned tragi-comedy is something of a revelation. For it shows that Calderón can be done into English with the kind of fluency (and fun) which we mught expect from our own Jacobean playwrights - and with a flavour all his own." (Daily Telegraph)

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CAMPERT, Remco

"I Dreamed in the Cities at Night"
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tr. Donald Gardner, publ. Arc Publications. 134p. pb
"Remco Campert published his first book of poetry at the age of twenty in 1951. He was the young star of the most self-aware and radical group of Dutch poets of the past century - the Vijftigers or 'Fifties' poets. With his subsequent poetry, fiction, humorous columns and performances he has become a household name in his own country. ... This is the first collection of his poetry to appear in the UK since 1968."

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ÇAPAN, Cevat

Where are you, Susie Petschek?
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tr. Michael Hulse & the poet, publ. Arc Publications. Bilingual - 116p. pb - Arc Visible Poets Series
"The poems of Cevat Çapan are in many ways paradoxical. They sound ancient and traditional, and yet they are recognisably related to modernism. They are rooted in Turkish life and literature and yet they are European, and beyond that, aware of a world literature which means something, and in which they have a place." (A.S.Byatt)

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CAPRONI, Giorgio

The Earth's Wall
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tr. Ned Condini, publ. Chelsea Editions. Bilingual - 256pp. pb
We discover in Caproni a singular voice and a distinctive poetry, whose appearances can be deceiving. Like Montale's, his is a poetry of the earth - notably the soil and rocks, as well as the light and air of Liguria - which is also ironic, dryly intellectual, and metaphysical. The surfaces of his poems can look simple, thanks to sharply etched imagery and a spare treatment of line and stanza that combine, at moments, to create an effect of sheer clarity. Yet the poems are often notable for their dense compression and their use of an intricate syntax ... A poet of robust passion and cool intellection, Caproni thrives on ambivalence, contradiction and counterpoint. Robert Hahn

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CARDENAL, Ernesto

Nicaraguan New Time

tr. Dinah Livingstone, publ. Journeyman Press Ltd. - 96pp. pb
Most of the poems in this collection are about the new time, after the Revolution, when Cardenal was Minister of Culture - the joy, the work, the plans, the difficulties and the tremendous cost: a vision of heaven on earth and the threat of violent extinction.

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The Music of the Spheres
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tr. Dinah Livingstone, publ. Katabasis. Bilingual - 41pp. pb
This poem is part of a huge work of more than 500 pages called The Cosmic Canticle. It is Cardenal's major publication since the Nicaraguan Revolution in 1979, when he became Minister of Culture. He develops many of the themes that have long fascinated him: the science of matter and the cosmos; ... plant and animal life rhythms; love and attraction. All these contribute to the poem's dominant conception that 'matter is music'.

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CARÊME, Maurice

Defying Fate
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tr. Christopher Pilling, publ. Arc Publications. Bilingual - 148pp. pb
Maurice Carême, along with Emile Verhaeren, is regarded as one of Belgium's master poets. Poems of his were set by Poulenc and Milhaud, and have been translated iinto many languages to feature in school anthologies."

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CARNER, Josep

Nabí
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tr. J.L.Gili, publ. Anvil Press. Bilingual - 120pp. pb
...a masterpiece of modern Catalan poetry. Based on the biblical story of Jonah, it is essentially a Christian poem, though it is scathing about the effects of religious perversion. In the widest sense a poem about the limits of rationality... "Joan Gili's translation is itself a minor masterpiece... he has created a major poem in English for which there is no exact parallel in our language". (Arthur Terry)

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CASSIAN, Nina

Life Sentence

tr. various, ed. William Jay Smith, publ. Anvil Press - 158pp. pb
"Cassian's appetite for life is gargantuan... and in these award-winning translations... it is the grand, lyric sweep of her poems on love and memory which gives the reader the sensation of being in the company of a one-woman orchestra." (Carol Ann Duffy, Guardian)

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CASSOU, Jean

33 Sonnets of the Resistance
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tr. Timothy Adès, publ. Arc Publications - Bilingual. 107pp. pb
Arc Visible Poets Series
Jean Cassou wrote the 33 sonnets that form the first part of this collection in a Vichy prison in 1941/2, in the dark and committed to memory because he was denied writing materials. "Tim Adès has produced excellent versions which rhyme and scan if the originals do, and ... are also helpful interpretations, as well as keeping much of the magnificence that makes some of these poems striking." (Alistair Elliot)

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The Madness of Amadis
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tr. Timothy Adès, publ. Agenda Editions - Bilingual. 108pp. pb
"Cassou, an important though still somewhat under-appreciated poet, has been extremely fortunate in having once again Timothy Adès to translate his work. Adès has the enviable gift of lyrical lucidity ..." (Harry Guest)

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CASTRO, Rosalía de

Selected Poems
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tr. Michael Smith, publ. Shearsman Books - Bilingual. 131pp. pb
Shearsman Books
"Rosalía de Castro's work was consistently under-rated in her lifetime, at least in Castilian literary circles, and it is fair to say that she suffered because she was a woman poet, first and foremost, and also because whe was 'provincial', and because she wrote some of her most significant work in Galician. In the 20th. century her work was reappraised, by Lorca and Cernuda among others, and she is now recognised as a major writer in both languages."

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CATTAFI, Bartolo

Anthracite
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tr. Brian Cole, publ. Arc Publications. Bilingual - 84pp. pb
Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation.

Arc Visible Poets Series
Susan Wicks writes: "Cattafi's poetry doesn't lead to obscurity... but to a kind of suggestive openness our own more explicit tradition sometimes undervalues... This collection presents itself simply, and is reader rather than scholar friendly."

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Winter Fragments
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tr. Rina Ferrarelli, publ. Chelsea Editions. Bilingual - 205pp.
"Cattafi has a firm place in the canon of contemporary Italian literature as a poet who spoke uncompromisingly in the post-war period about human illusions and delusions, hopes and betrayals. ... According to Ada de Alessandri, who was an interpreter of his work and also his wife, the journey that Cattafi undertook was always a spiritual quest."

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CATULLUS

Versions of Catullus
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tr. Humphrey Clucas, publ. Hippopotamus Press - 56pp. pb
Of Humphrey Clucas' first book of poems Harry Guest wrote: "He has a vivid awareness of history and a nice ability to make a moment or character stand out, excitingly ... These clear, hard-edged and genuinely illuminating poems are scholarly without being dry and evocative as well as accurate." These skills he has now brought to a selection and translation of Catullus.

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Poems of Love and
Hate

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tr. Josephine Balmer, publ. Bloodaxe Books - 159pp. pb
Sensual, salacious and above all scandalous, the erotic verse of Catullus has delighted - and shocked - readers for centuries. Josephine Balmer's new translation of the complete shorter poems highlights both the intense lyricism and the scabrous wit of the original, bringing Catullus' vivid cast of characters back to life for a new audience.

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Springing from Catullus
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tr. Christopher Pilling, publ. Flambard Press - 153pp. pb
"Of all the major Latin poets of the first century BC, Gaius Valerius Catullus (c.84-c.54) is the one who speaks most directly to the modern reader. For Tennyson, writing in "Frater Ave atque Vale" after visiting Sirmione where Catullus once lived, he it the "Tenderest of Roman poets nineteen-hundred years ago".

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CELAN, Paul

Selected Poems
and Prose

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tr. John Felstiner, publ. W.W.Norton. Bilingual - 426pp. hb
A rich new (2001) selection of Celan's work, including for the first time his youthful lyrics and unpublished poems found after his death. "Felstiner translates ... brilliantly." (John Bayley, New York Review of Books)

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Fathomsuns & Benighted

tr. Ian Fairley, publ. Carcanet Press. Bilingual - 285pp. pb
These poems are compact acts of resistance, provocation and lament, dialogues with history, with language, with an evanescent "you". Appearing here in a complete English translation for the first time, Fathomsuns and Benighted present Paul Celan at his most urgent and unassimilable.

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Selected Poems
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tr. Michael Hamburger, publ. Penguin Books. Bilingual - 358pp. pb
"Celan's mysterious, spell-binding German poems have been translated into equally mysterious, equally spell-binding English verse. Through these exemplary translations the English reader can now enter the hermetic universe of a German-Jewish poet who made out of the anguish of his people, and his own representative sufferings, things of terror and beauty." Times Literary Supplement

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CÉSAIRE, Aimé

Return to My Native Land
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tr. Mireille Rosello with Annie Pritchard, publ. Bloodaxe Books. Bilingual - 160pp. pb
A seminal text in Surrealist, French and Black literatures, this is a challenging and deeply moving poem on the theme of the future of the negro race.

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CHANDAN, Amarjit

Sonata for Four Hands

tr. various, publ. Arc Publications. Bilingual - Punjabi/English 129pp. pb
"Amarjit Chandan's poetry transports its listeners or readers into an arena of timelessness. What he does is to fold time; time in his poems becomes like an arras or a hinged screen. John Berger

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CHAR, René

The Dawn Breakers
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tr. Michael Worton, publ. Bloodaxe Books. Bilingual - 160pp. pb
One of the most important modern French poets, admired by Heidegger for the profundity of his poetic philosophy, Char confronts the moral, political and artistic concerns of his age with simplicity of vision and expression.

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Selected Poems
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ed. Mary Ann Cawes & Tina Jolas, publ. New Directions. Bilingual - 141pp. pb
"This is a fine, bilingual edition of the works of one of the great French Surrealists... The translations, by several hands, serve Char well - full of insinuating rhythms and unusual verbal couplings, they come close to the piercing beauty of the originals." (Pat Monaghan, Booklist)

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CHRISTENSEN, Inger

Butterfly Valley
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tr. Susanna Nied, publ. Dedalus Press. Bilingual - 37pp. pb
"... a tour de force, exploring the major themes of life, love, death and art. The form is simple yet complex, a sonnet sequence building to a final sonnet of extraordinary power. Life, love, art, all are transient - like the butterfly, yet beautiful, even in their ephemerality."

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COHN, Hans W.

With All Five Senses
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tr. Frederick G. Cohn, publ. Menard Press. 64pp. pb
The two Cohn brothers escaped the Nazis from Czechoslovakia. Michael Hamburger says of these poems that "they are existentialist parables written with an extraordinary precision, and without the aid of rhetoric or conventional pathos ... all the more poignant for that ... because they have been refined and distilled to their essence.

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COLES, Don

Die weissen Körper der Engel
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tr. Margitt Lehbert, publ. Edition Rugerup 153pp. pb
German translations of Don Coles, born in Ontario, Canada in 1928.

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CORBIÈRE, Tristan

These Jaundiced Loves
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tr. Christopher Pilling, publ. Peterloo Poets. 394pp. Bilingual - pb
The very first complete translation of the 101 poems that make up Tristan Corbière's 1873 volume Les Amours Jaunes. "If anybody thinks translation is a dead duck, he or she should try ... Christopher Pilling's Englishing of Corbièe. It's work like this ... that redeems the whole concept of translating from one language to another." Gavin Ewart, "The Observer"

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Wry-blue Loves
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tr. Peter Dale, publ. Anvil Press. 476pp. Bilingual - pb pb
Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation.

With pervasive self-mocking humour Corbière's poems combine a hopeless love, a grounded sea-fever, a ferocious ironic compassion and a savage sympathy with dogs and underdogs. As Peter Dale writes in his introduction: "Above all, he is his own man, able to resist the blandishments of literary theory, social expectations, and the mollifications of religion."

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CORNEILLE, Pierre

"The Liar",
"The Illusion"
& "Le Cid"

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tr. Ranjit Bolt, publ. Oberon Books. 192pp. pb
Three Corneille masterpieces. Ranjit Bolt's version of The Liar finds a way of rendering rhyming couplets which 'no one else from the history of translating for the theatre has ever done ... with some style and without sacrificing the sense of gallantry that is so essential to the original text.' (BBC Radio 3's Critics Forum)

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CORNEILLE, Pierre

"The Cid",
"Cinna" & "The Theatrical Illusion"

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tr. John Cairncross, publ. Penguin Classics. 281pp. pb
These blank verse translations brilliantly catch the spirit of Corneille; and John Cairncross has also provided an introduction to the dramatist and a preface to each play.

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CROSS, Elsa

"Selected Poems",
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English translations only, publ. Shearsman Books. 125pp. pb
"Elsa Cross is one of Mexico's most significant contemporary poets, and this is the first full-length collection of her work in English."

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CZERNIAWSKI, Adam

"Selected Poems"
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tr. Iain Higgins, publ. Harwood Academic Publishers. Bilingual - 221pp. hb (+cd)
Adam Czerniawski writes distinctive, challenging and engaging poems, and since the late seventies has established himself as a significant presence in Polish poetry. In poem after poem he debates, enacts or meditates obliquely on puzzles and questions of perception, memory and representation, offering his readers the pleasures of watching a highly conscious and cultured Anglo-Polish - indeed European - mind at work and play.

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DANTE

Dante
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ed. Anna Lawrence, publ. Everyman's Poetry. 101pp. pb
A selection drawn from the whole of Dante's lyric poetry, including cantos from each part of the Comedy. There are classic translations by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, H.F.Carey, Longfellow, as well as some new ones.

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The Divine Comedy
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tr. Henry Cary, publ. Everyman. 448pp. pb
"Dante and Shakespeare divide the modern world between them ... Shakespeare gives the greatest width of human passion; Dante the greatest altitude and greatest depth."
(T.S.Eliot) This volume includes notes, criticism and chronology of Dante's life and times.

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The Divine Comedy
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tr. Peter Dale, publ. Anvil Press. pb
Peter Dale's great achievement here has been to produce a version of The Divine Comedy in modern English that echoes Dante's "sweet new style", while keeping to the poet's demanding terza rima verse pattern. It is a reader's edition - accurate, clear and compelling. It is also Peter Dale's crowning achievement as a translator.

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The Portable Dante
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tr. Mark Musa, publ. Penguin Books. 654pp. pb
This volume captures the scope and fire of Dante's genius as thoroughly as any single volume can. It contains complete verse translations of The Divine Comedy and La Vita Nuova, plus a bibliography, notes and introduction by the eminent scholar and translator Mark Musa.

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The Divine Comedy
- Vol.I: Inferno

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tr. Mark Musa, publ. Penguin Classics. 430pp. pb
This vigorous 1971 blank verse translation preserves Dante's simple, natural style, and captures the swift movement of the original Italian verse.

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The Divine Comedy - Vol.II: Purgatory
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tr. Mark Musa, publ. Penguin Classics. 398pp. pb
"It moves one to virtual awe ... The language itself becomes, as it should, a religious experience." (Los Angeles Times)

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The Divine Comedy - Vol.III: Paradise
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tr. Mark Musa, publ. Penguin Classics. 433pp. pb
"(Musa's) version should assume its rightful place of prominence as one of the finest verse translations of The Divine Comedy produced in modern times." (Choice)

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Paradiso

tr. Robin Kirkpatrick, publ. Penguin Classics. 480pp. pb
"Robin Kirkpatrick's new translation captures the sublime imaginative power of the final
sequence of the Commedia and the vigour of the original Italian, which is printed on facing pages."

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Dante's Inferno
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tr. Sean O'Brien, publ. Picador. 247pp. hb
"... the most fluent, grippingly readable English version of Dante's poem yet ..."
"(O'Brien's) work is elegiac and satirical, interested in history, politics and the imagination." (Independent on Sunday)

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The Divine Comedy
- Vol.1: Hell

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tr. Dorothy L. Sayers, publ. Penguin Classics. 345pp. pb
This masterly rhyming translation by one of England's great writers dates from 1949. Her introduction is also well worth reading.

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The Divine Comedy
- Vol.2: Purgatory

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tr. Dorothy L Sayers, publ. Penguin Classics. 388pp. pb
"The tenderest, most subtle and most human section of the Comedy" (Dorothy Sayers)

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The Divine Comedy - Vol.3: Paradise
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tr. Dorothy L. Sayers, publ. Penguin Classics. 400pp. pb
The completion of a classic version.

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La Vita Nuova
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tr. Barbara Reynolds, publ. Penguin Classics. 123pp. pb
Deeply felt but intellectually disciplined, radiant but analytical, La Vita Nuova reveals Dante's vision in which human love touches that of God. Intended as a treatise for fellow poets, it consists of a sequence of astonishing and tender love poems to Beatrice, interspersed with Dante's own commentary.

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DAS, Jibanananda

Naked Lonely Hand

tr. from Bengali by Joe Winter, publ. Anvil Press - 111 pp.pb
One of the greatest poets of the subcontinent, Jibanananda Das (1899-1954) redefined the parameters of Bengali poetry in the wake of the impression left by the work of his more traditional compatriot, Rabindranath Tagore. Idiosyncratic in style and with an affinity for the bylanes of the imagination, Jibanananda Das stands unusually close to the reader.

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DAVOYAN, Razmik

Whispers & Breath of the Meadows

tr. from Armenian by Arminé Tamrazian, publ. Arc Publications - 165 pp.pb
The most astonishing element of Davoyan's work is that it is saturated with joy; ...(W.N.Herbert)

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DERIEVA, Regina

Everything the 12
Caesars Did Not Get
to Say

tr. from Russian into English by Daniel Weissbort, & into Swedish by Julian Birbrajer,
publ. Ars Interpres Publications - 43 pp.
"It would be an understatement to name Regina Derieva one of the outstanding writers of the contemporary Russian diaspora: she has won acclaim as the author of powerful and inimitable verse, who occupies a unique niche in world poetry today." The New Criterion

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The Sum Total of Violations

tr. from Russian by Daniel Weissbort
publ. Arc Publications - 161 pp.
"Regina Derieva in her work and in her person embodies the new internationalism of poetry that has erupted since the fall of the Soviet Union and the opening of Eastern Europe." William Doreski

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DU BELLAY, Joachim

Les Deux Poètes Français (with Ronsard)
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selected poems, tr. Reine Errington, publ. Piper's Ash - 64 pp. chapbook
A collection of two of the greatest 16th. century French poets, sensitively translated by Lady Reine Errington. In singing verse they celebrate the pains and pleasures of rural and domestic life and love.

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DUINKER, Arjen

The Sublime Song of a Maybe
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tr. Willem Groenewegen, publ. Arc Publications - 143 pp. pb
Arc Visible Poets Series
Duinker is one of Holland's most highly respected poets, though he does not fit into the mould of a Dutch poet, being far more concerned with reality than with abstractions. This is a collection full of laughter, exuberance, tenderness and the poet's humanity, in a sensitive translation.

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ELFYN, Menna

Cusan Dyn Dall - Blind Man's Kiss
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tr. various, publ. Bloodaxe Books. Bilingual - 128 pp. pb
"Liberation and enclosure are powerful themes in Menna Elfyn's work. She is a political poet, writing with passion of the Welsh language and identity for which she campaigns. But she makes her claims with realism ... a restless, intensely responsive imagination." (Helen Dunmore, Observer)

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Eucalyptus
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tr. various, publ. Gwasg Gomer. Bilingual - 107 pp. pb
This is Menna Elfyn's first bilingual collection, with translations by outstanding poets. "I admire the subtle way in which she intricately weaves traditional metrical forms into her work." (R.S.Thomas) "It is this ability to see the world in a grain of sand which is remarkable about Menna Elfyn." Merryn Williams

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Cell Angel
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tr. various, publ. Bloodaxe Books. Bilingual - 112 pp. pb
"Menna Elfyn is one of the most significant poets currently writing in Wales. Her conspicuous moral and political commitments, international in scope, are always underwritten by her prior commitment to language. Hers is a subtle politics of parable rather than polemic, and a style in which vulnerability is the other face of daring." M. Wynn Thomas

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Perfect Blemish
tr. various, publ. Bloodaxe Books. Bilingual - 302 pp. pb
"Menna Elfyn is the best-known, most travelled and most translated of all Welsh-language poets. The extraordinary international range of her subjects, breathtaking inventiveness and generosity of vision place her among Europe's leading poets. This bilingual edition of her later poetry includes work from Cell Angel (1996) and Blind Man's Kiss (2001), as well as the first English translations of Perffaith Nam 2005 and a selection of new poems."

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ENQUIST, Anna
The fire was here
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tr. David Colmer, publ. The Toby Press. Bilingual - 100 pp. hb
A selection from "Holland's favourite author". "She does not shun big emotions, she is not afraid of sentimentality and pathos, and that makes her poetry adventurous and written in blood. Perhaps Anna Enquist's collections sell so well because they offer an intelligent form of solace, and because of their sensivity and their resonance." Het Parool

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ENZENSBERGER, Hans Magnus
Kiosk
tr. Michael Hamburger, publ. Bloodaxe Books - 112 pp. pb
"A voice of ferocious urbanity, laying bare the horrors of the modern German state and resignedly picking out stark cameos of the human condition." (Peter Forbes, Financial Times

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Selected Poems
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tr. the poet & Michael Hamburger, publ. Bloodaxe Books. Bilingual - 255 pp. pb
"... Enzensberger is a poet of formidable intelligence and range. Like Brecht before him, he combines an intense political imagination with lyric gusto. The reader discovers in him both a satirist and a friend" - George Steiner

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Lighter than air
tr. David Constantine, publ. Bloodaxe Books - 101 pp. pb
This latest collection of moral poems weighs lightness against seriousness. These are witty, lightly ironic poems on all kinds of subjects, easy in style, engaging in tone, often conversational.

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ESCHENBACH, Wolfram von
Parzival
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tr. A.T.Hatto, publ. Penguin Books - 448 pp. pb
Parzival is one of the world's greatest narrative poems, the re-creation and completion of the story of the Holy Grail that was left unfinished by its initiator, Chrétien de Troyes. Set against alternating backdrops of forbidding landscape and dazzling courtly ritual, Parzival's career, which culminates in the temple of the Grail, symbolizes chivalric life at its highest.

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ESPRIU, Salvador
Selected Poems
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tr. Louis J. Rodrigues, publ. Carcanet Press. Bilingual - 145 pp. pb
The Catalan writer Salvador Espriu's mission was to make his language sing and survive the years when Franco insisted that a unified Spain required a single tongue and forbade the use of other national languages. The intellectual and lyrical vigour of Espriu's poems was and remains an inspiration and a consolation to all Catalan speakers.

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FERRAMOSCA, Annamaria
Other Signs, Other Circles
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tr. Anamaría Crowe Serrano, publ. Chelsea Editions. Bilingual - 224 pp. pb
"Many of the poems speak of the efficacy of the word, its importance as a way of bringing people together and understanding cultures. The word, in whatever form it takes (written on paper, carved on rock, "voicesong"), is intense, almost sacred, containing the power "to unveil time" from which we can learn."

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FERRATER, Gabriel
Women and Days
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tr. Arthur Terry, publ. Arc Publications. Bilingual - 96 pp. pb
Rich in metaphor and imagery, Ferrater's remarkable poetry is presented in this volume in an equally remarkagle translation by Arthur Terry whose affinity with the poet is not only declared in his translator's preface but is also self-evident from the powerful poetic 'voice' he creates in English.

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FONTANELLA, Luigi
Land of Time
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ed. Irene Marchegiani, publ. Chelsea Editions. Bilingual - 234 pp. pb
"There's a great freedom of forms and intonations in Luigi Fontanella's poetry. He doesn't take a strong formal stand; his poetry entertains moments of nearly proselike colloquial narrative along with moments of powerful lyrical tension. There is a movement of extremes, from powerful tonality to near atonality, and I like this a great deal; it's a stance that very effectively catches the spirit that makes work in poetry possible nowadays." - Giovanni Raboni

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FORSSTRÖM, Tua
Snow Leopard
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tr. David McDuff, publ. Bloodaxe Books - 55 pp. pb
Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation.

'Tua Forsström's poems give a sense of having crystallised under a great pressure. Many of them are about grief and desertion, they are a kind of cartographical survey of the landscape of grief, exercises in renunciation and in the affirmation of loss of love, sexuality and communion with others ..." - Claes Andersson.

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FORTINI, Franco
Poems
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tr. Michael Hamburger, publ. Arc Publications. Bilingual - 65 pp. hb
Fortini is often thought of as a 'political' poet, but as Michael Hamburger points out political commitment often turns out to be moral commitment, and this is the case here. He has roots in Italian and Florentine culture, and is influenced by the hermeticism of the best Italian poetry of his time. "His poems are at once personal and public, subjective and objective, and they abound in subtle references to history and literature..."

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paperback version of above. Bilingual - 65 pp. pb

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Summer is not all
tr. Paul Lawton, publ. Carcanet Press. Bilingual - 137 pp. hb
"Fortini has always accepted the human condition in terms of history, but he does so in order to fight against the limits that history imposes on man. His poetry, with its magical, sad cadences, really deals with moral commitment and personal responsibility." (Times Literary Supplement)

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FRÉNAUD, André

Rome the Sorceress
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tr. Keith Bosley, publ. Bloodaxe Books. Bilingual - 128 pp. pb.
Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation.

"...uses the city of Rome as a focus for impassioned meditation on culture and barbarism, faiths and revolts, cruelties and aspirations" (Edwin Morgan)

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FRITZ, Walter Helmut

Without Remission
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tr. Ewald Osers, publ. Menard Press - 61 pp. pb
Ewald Osers writes: "Fritz is a reticent poet. The conviction his work carries stems from an intense inwardness, from a sense of place and time, from a deep awareness of the continuity of civilisation, and from a mastery of language".

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FULTON, Robin

Grenzflug
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tr. Margitt Lehbert, publ. Edition Rugerup - 144 pp. pb
A selection of poems by Robin Fulton, translated into German. Robin is a Scottish poet living in Sweden, and a prominent translator of Scandinavian poetry into English.

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GATSOS, Nikos

Amorgos

tr. Sally Purcell, publ. Anvil Press - 60 pp. pb
"Nikos Gatsos was a war-time poet. Amorgos...is almost all that he ever wrote. It hit his generation like a thunderbolt... He was undoubtedly by this time a great master of poetry in many languages, but it was into Greek traditions, folklore and poetry of the oral tradition that he dug to find his roots. He was as fresh as a waterfall." (Peter Levi)

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GERVITZ, Gloria

Migrations

tr. Mark Schafer, publ. Shearsman Books. Bilingual - 399 pp. pb
"To say that this is a book of the immigrant experience - which in some sense it is - is to underrate the range of form & feeling that Gervitz brings to it, creating thereby an epic of the migratory self. Like Pound's Cantos or Zukofsky's A, hers is the work of a lifetime: a life's work including not only autobiography and familial memories as a kind of history, but rife with religious and mystical imagery from Jewish kabbala to Mexican folk Catholicism and beyond. Migrations takes its place with theirs as a long and difficult poem which is the achievement of a great poetic talent: a complex tribute to the complex world from which it comes." - Jerome Rothenberg

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GILKIN, Iwan

A Pilgrimage in Hell
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tr. James Kirkup, publ. Hub Editions. Bilingual - 79 pp. pb
... Iwan Gilkin ... attracted me with his weird passions and wild aesthetic indignations, his deeply romantic and plaintively histrionic style, with its immaculate rhyming clicking into place at the end of each line, a precision impossible to replicate with our cosy English words without taking liberties with the sense of the originals." - James Kirkup

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GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von

Love as a Landscape Painter
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tr. D.M.Black, publ. FRAS publications - 76 pp. pb
"Goethe's poetry is unique in its fusion of joie de vivre, good sense and acute psychological perception. David Black conveys all these qualities. Across two hundred years and despite the change of language we can hear the intonations of a living voice." Robert Chandler

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Selected Poetry
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tr. David Luke, publ. Libris. Bilingual - 283 pp. hb
Published on the 250th. anniversary of Goethe's birth, this substantial collection of his poems is the largest ever published in English. The scholarly and poetic translations make this a standard work.

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paperback version of above. Bilingual - 283 pp. pb
Libris books are beautiful - even the paperback!

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Roman Elegies and The Diary
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tr. David Luke, publ. Libris. Bilingual - 136 pp. hb
Two erotic masterpieces! The Elegies mark the poet's growth from youthful Romanticism to adult Classicism, while the Diary is recognised as a narrative poem of incomparable good humour and beauty.

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Selected Poems
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tr. John Whaley, publ. J.M.Dent. Bilingual - 175 pp. hb
A scholarly presentation of "one of world literature's most towering figures ... Goethe led the Enlightenment and Romanticism without fully subscribing to either. This major new selection of his poetry enables him to be appreciated in the English it deserves, full of music, humanity and grace."

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Faust - Part One
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tr. Philip Wayne, publ. Penguin Classics - 197 pp. pb
"We know that Goethe weighed in his mind several stories as possible vehicles of his longings and belief, but the Faust legend took increasingly powerful form in his imagination, and the strength of his young genius is seen in the resolution with which he remoulded the story." (Philip Wayne)

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Faust - Part Two
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tr. Philip Wayne, publ. Penguin Classics - 288 pp. pb
Rich in allusion and allegory, Faust II ranges through a host of philosophical and speculative themes.
Completed a few months before he died, Faust was the culmination of Goethe's lifelong obsession and assured him a place in the first rank of world literature.

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Faust - Parts One & Two
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tr. Robert David MacDonald, publ. Oberon Books - 223 pp. pb
This translation was used in acclaimed productions in Glasgow and London, and opens up the extraordinary range and pace of Goethe's language, rhythms, imagery and ideas without sacrificing any of the play's humour. The Open University has adopted this translation as a set book.

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Faust - An American translation of Part One
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tr. C. F. MacIntyre, publ. New Directions Publ. Corp. - 188 pp. pb
Part I of Faust, which Goethe published twenty-four years before its sequel, deals with Faust's journey through the everyday world and his love for Gretchen. It is made especially memorable in this translation, which Victor Lange, Chairman of the Department of German at Princeton, has called "certainly the most usable and most appealing Faust translation in English. It is modern without losing the dignity of the original and is perhaps the only translation that conveys something of the freshness and poetic vitality of Goethe's own speech."

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Selected Verse
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prose tr. David Luke, publ. Penguin Classics - 367pp. pb
"The difficult problem of selection has been solved with a thoroughness and ingenuity that are especially commendable and make this collection more representative of Goethe's full range than any single volume edition hitherto available." (Time Literary Supplement)

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Tasso
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tr. Robert David MacDonald, publ. Oberon Books
- 96pp. pb
"The disproportion of talent to life" is the subject matter of Tasso, as described by Goethe himself in 1789. But the play, though concerned with the predicament of the artist at odds with the world around him, is profoundly relevant to us all. "Robert David MacDonald's highly literate and entertaining new translation reveals a continuing relevance that is astonishing..." (The Guardian)

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GOLOPENTIA, Sanda

Learn to Sing, my Mother said
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tr. Sanda Golopentia & Peg Hausman, publ. Editura Ethnologica. Bilingual - 260 pp. pb
Songs of the women of Breb (Romania)

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GÓNGORA, Luis de

Selected Shorter Poems
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tr. Michael Smith, publ. Anvil Press. Bilingual - 166 pp. pb
Spain's greatest poet of the Baroque period, Góngora was described by Roy Campbell as "a symbolist who contains the whole of Mallarmé .. a symbolist three hundred years before his time."

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GRASS, Gnter

Selected Poems 1956-1993
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tr. Michael Hamburger, publ. Faber and Faber. Bilingual - 155 pp. pb
Grass's fame as a novelist has tended to obscure his achievements in poetry, but his first book was a collection of poems and he has returned faithfully to the medium throughout his writing life. All his preoccupations - social, sexual, moral, gastronomical - are found there, as is the unique mixture of expressionistic grotesquerie and political seriousness that characterizes his fiction.

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GUÉMAR, Soleïman Adel

State of Emergency

tr. Tom Cheesman & John Goodby, publ. Arc Publications. Bilingual - 161 pp. hb & pb
"His surly ironies have a fighter's edge, a tough beauty which ropes us in. Britain has inadvertently inherited a political poet of stature, one whose language sings whether he is attacking the face of grim authority or dreaming of that other asylum which is an imagined Algeria of peace." - (Lisa Appignanesi)

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GUIDACCI, Margherita

In the Eastern Sky
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tr. Catherine O'Brien, publ. Dedalus Press. Bilingual - 95 pp. hb
"...one of the most important and best-loved of contemporary Italian poets...her vision is loving, tender, explorative, ultimately hopeful, her poetry is richly alive to the problems facing the contemporary world, both secular and religious."

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paperback version of above. Bilingual - 95 pp. pb

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GUILLEVIC, Eugène

Carnac
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tr. John Montague, publ. Bloodaxe Books. Bilingual - 160 pp. pb
One of France's most important modern poets ... evokes the rocky, sea-bound landscape of his Breton homeland, focussing on the standing-stones of his native village of Carnac.

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Selected Poems
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tr. Denise Levertov, publ. New Directions Publ. Corp. Bilingual - 142 pp. hb
Guillevic's poems embody his indignation at the use and misuse of some human beings by others - as well as his cold and clear understanding of historical process. As Miss Levertov points out in her introduction "... the simplicity of diction, the plain and hard meaning of things without descriptive qualification, reverberates, in the highly charged condemnation of Guillevic's poems, with the ambiguity, the unfathomable mystery of natural objects."

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GURNEY, Robert

El cuarto oscuro
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publ. Lord Byron Ediciones. Spanish - 67 pp. pb
"La Poesía de Robert Gurney se desliza en la mejor tradición anglosajona, con una precisión en la palabra y un manejo diestro del lenguaje coloquial."
SPANISH ONLY

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HANZLÍK, Josef

Selected Poems

tr. Jarmila & Ian Milner and Ewald Osers, publ. Bloodaxe Books - 160 pp. pb
Leading Czech poet whose work is driven by an obsession with political violence. "Characterised by controlled savagery, by a smouldering anger, though balanced by a note of lyricism and tenderness." (Ewald Osers)

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HAUGE, Olav H.

Leaf-Huts and Snow-Houses
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tr. Robin Fulton, publ. Anvil Press - 143 pp. pb
"... Hauge's poetry has a kinship in background and temperament with that of Robert Frost, while also sharing the wry humour and cool economy of William Carlos Williams and Brecht, whom he trenslated. "Beyone the simple clear writing, there's a special kind of human being at work, with a lot of wisdom in the cellar, sensible to living in the cosmos ... Robin Fulton's translations are authentic English poetry." (Herbert Lomas, Ambit)

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HAUGOVA, Mila

Scent of the Unseen
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tr. James & Viera Sutherland-Smith, publ. Arc Publications - 136 pp. pb - Arc Visible Poets Series
This first UK publication for Slovakia's leading woman poet concentrates on poetry written in the 1990s - perhaps Haugova's most fruitful period - poetry which moves decisively from the anecdotal mainstream to a poetry which partakes of what D. H. Lawrence termed the "quick" of being. "Bold, iconic and revelatory, these translations do great service to the poems of a major Central European writer." Andy Brown

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HEINE

Heinrich Heine
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tr. D.Cram, T.J. & A.Reed, publ. Everyman's Poetry - 100 pp. pb
An excellent selection of Heine standards. The translators "aimed at versions that will capture Heine's tone and temperament, if necessary using modern equivalents. That is itself in Heine's own spirit - he was nothing if not a moderniser of poetry." They succeeded!

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HERLIANY, Dorothea Rosa

Kill the Radio
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tr. Harry Aveling, publ. Arc Publications - 100 pp. pb
Herliany's poetry presents texts of exceptional difficulty and exceptional interest. Her work is
highly coloured, morbid, even shocking, and significant for its metaphorical tours de force
and paradoxical glories of unwilling illuminations." (Judith Rodriguez - Australian poet)

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HERNÁNDEZ, Miguel

I Have Lots of Heart
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Selected poems, tr. Don Share, publ. Bloodaxe Books. Bilingual - 160 pp. pb
The poet was imprisoned in Franco's jails, where he died in 1942 at the age of 31. His work is a dazzling reminder that force can never defeat spirit. With testaments by Lorca, Neruda, et al.

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HIKMET, Nazim

Beyond the Walls
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Selected Poems, tr. Ruth Christie, Richard McKane & Talat Sait Halman, publ. Anvil Press - 255 pp. pb
Nazim Hikmet, Turkey's greatest modern poet, was a political prisoner in Turkey for 18 years and spent the last 13 years of his life in exile. His poetry combines passion and simplicity with sophistication, producing work of enduring significance. This extensive selection ranges from his epic poem "Sheikh Bedreddin" to the moving prison poems addressed to his wife. "...one of the few important political poets of the century." (Paul Zweig)

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HOLAPPA, Pentti

A Tenant Here
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Selected poems, 1977-1997, tr. Herbert Lomas, publ. Dedalus Press - 120 pp. pb
Holappa invents intriguing parables, but he speaks from the heart and his persona comes across clearly and engagingly. The poems are evidence of tortured love, containing brilliant cadenzas, revealing fantasies, surrealist excursions and simple lyrical statements. Herbert Lomas has won awards for his own poetry and translations.

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HÖLDERLIN, Friedrich

Poems & Fragments
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tr. Michael Hamburger, publ. Anvil Press. Bilingual - 750 pp. pb
Michael Hamburger has been translating the poetry of Hölderlin for over 50 years, and has now produced this 3rd. edition of "Poems & Fragments" which adds much new material. It will be the standard bilingual edition of this poet for many years.

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Selected Poems
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tr. David Constantine, publ. Bloodaxe Books (2nd.ed.). Bilingual - 112 pp. pb
European Poetry Translation Prize
The translator says Hölderlin "confronted hopelessness as few writers have ... but there is no poetry like his for the constant engendering of hope, for the expression ... of the best and most passionate aspirations."

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Selected Poems & Fragments
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tr. Michael Hamburger, publ. Penguin Classics. Bilingual - 352 pp. pb

Hölderlin is now recognized as one of Europe's supreme poets. Although he was scarcely known to his contemporaries and became deeply unstable in the latter part of his life, when he lived in virtual seclusion, he produced, writes Michael Hamburger, a poetic work 'rich in potentialities and possibilities for the "future ages" in which he placed his hope'.

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Hölderlin's Sophocles
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tr. David Constantine, publ. Bloodaxe Books - 128 pp. pb

Constantine has tried to create an equivalent English for Hölderlin's German recreations of Sophocles' classic Greek verse plays, "Oedipus" and "Antigone". These translations were cited in 1804 as proof of Hölderlin's insanity, and Constantine carries as much of their strangeness as possible into his English.

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HOMER

Homer

tr. Alexander Pope, publ.Everyman's Poetry - 109 pp. pb
Extracts from the Iliad and the Odyssey. Alexander Pope is best known today as a satirist, but it was his translations of these works, with collaborators, in the early 18th. century which made his fortune and fame. Edited by David Hopkins.

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HORACE

The Complete Odes and Epodes
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tr. W.G.Shepherd, publ. Penguin Classics - 253 pp. pb
Horace's Odes - allusive and exquisitely crafted poems of politics and the all-too-fleeting pleasures of friendship, love and wine - are without parallel in their influence on European literature. The Epodes, by contrast, are most notable for their coarse abuse and lively obscenity. Together they form a body of Latin poetry equalled only by Virgil's.

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HORACE and PERSIUS

Satires & Epistles, with Persius: Satires
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tr. Niall Rudd, publ. Penguin Classics - 301 pp. pb
Horace's Satires are not broadsides, like Juvenal's, but soft brooms for sweeping away pretensions. Persius exchanges Horace's broom for a blade - subtle and glinting with innovation - honed on philosophy and pointed courageously at Nero and his court.

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HUCHEL, Peter

The Garden of Theophrastus
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tr. Michael Hamburger, publ. Anvil Press. Bilingual - 207 pp. pb
This new edition of The Garden of Theophrastus brings back into print one of Germany's finest recent poets, in translation by his close friend Michael Hamburger. Peter Huchel wrote amidst the political turmoil of 20c. Germany before the country's reunification. A highly influential figure in the formet East Germany, he edited the magazine Sinn und Form there until 1962 but was dismissed for indulging too 'liberal' a policy. ... a poetry of humane commitment, formal invention and precision.

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HUGHES, Ted

Selected translations

ed. Daniel Weissbort, publ. Faber & Faber - 232 pp. hb
The achievement of Ted Hughes as a poet is inseparable from his achievement as a translator of poetry and poetic drama. ... The present volume ... surveys this aspect of Hughes' canon for the first time, offering a broad selection from his numerous translations, together with hitherto unpublished material ...

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HUGO, Victor

How to be a Grandfather
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tr. Timothy Adès, publ. Hearing Eye - 96 pp. pb
This is the last book of poetry Hugo wrote. "What will remain of Hugo is the poetry of childhood", said Lautréamont, even before this book was written. He is also moved by nature and the wild. Springtime, rebirth, innocence; love, better than discipline; enlightenment, repentance, mercy, forgiveness; the moon, the zoo, the lion, the pot of jam, the broken vase, the scribbles; the future of humanity.

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The Distance, the Shadows
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tr. Harry Guest, publ. Anvil Press. Bilingual - 250 pp. pb
In this new edition of his acclaimed translations, Harry Guest convincingly brings into English many of Hugo's great qualities: his passion for social justice, his simple humanity and an imaginative breadth of vision which few poets have equalled.

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IRISH TRADITIONAL

Courts of Air and Earth
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tr. Trevor Joyce, publ. Shearsman Books. - 95 pp. pb
"... a collection of Trevor Joyce's translations from Middle and Early Modern Irish, with his remarkable version of the epic "Poems of Sweenty, Peregrine" at the core.

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JACCOTTET, Philippe

Under Clouded Skies with Beauregard
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tr. Mark Treharne & David Constantine, publ. Bloodaxe Books. Bilingual - 160 pp. pb
Meditative, immediate and sensuous poetry, rooted in the Drôme region of SE France. These are two reflections on landscape, remarkable for their lyric restraint and quiet power.

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JACQMIN, François

The Book of the Snow
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tr. Philip Mosley, publ. Arc Publications. Bilingual - 139 pp. pb
An intriguing set of short, deceptively simple poems, The Book of the Snow meditates on our relation to the austere beauty and elemental power of the midwinter scene.

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JONES, Philippe

The Breath of Words
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tr. John F. Deane, publ.Dedalus Press. Bilingual - 73 pp. pb
A prize-winning Belgian poet writing in French, Philippe Jones has published 18 collections of his work and been awarded prestigious prizes. This is the first selection in English to be published. The poems move easily between the study of form and beauty, and the awareness of the human struggle with the actual and with language itself.

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JÓZSEF, Attila

The Iron-Blue Vault
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tr. Zsuzsanna Ozsváth & Frederick Turner, publ. Bloodaxe Books - 160 pp. pb
This is Hungary's greatest modern poet (1905-37). "The insatiable, unconsolable howl of his exposure ... weirdly counterpoised by a strange elation, a savage sort of elation or even joy". (Ted Hughes)

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JUVENAL

The Sixteen Satires
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tr. Peter Green, publ. Penguin Classics - 252pp. pb
Juvenal's Satires create a fascinating world of whores, fortune-tellers, boozy politicians, slick lawyers, shameless sycophants, ageing flirts and downtrodden teachers. For this 3rd, edition, Green's celebrated translation has been substantially revised to bring it still closer to the tone and structure of Juvenal's Latin.

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KAMIENSKA, Anna

Two Darknesses
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tr. Tomasz P. Krzeszowski & Desmond Graham, publ. Flambard Press - 63 pp. pb
Anna Kamienska was a prominent member of that Polish literary generation that experienced the Second World War as young men and women, many of whom died at the hands of the Nazis. From 1945 to her death in 1986 she published novels, short stories, critical works and translations from several languages, as well as her own poetry. In Poland her reputation as an important figure in 20.c. literature is secure.

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KAPLINSKI, Jaan

Evening Brings Everything Back
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tr. the poet & Fiona Sampson, publ. Bloodaxe Books - 95 pp. pb
Estonia's Jaan Kaplinski is one of Europe's major poets. This selection brings together work from three books previously unpublished in English. ... "A new light in the European galaxy" - Peter Levi, Independent. "His poems loom and soar, veering from lines of one word to sweeping bravura meditations, and achieve a great beauty." - Adam Thorpe, Observer.

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KAREVA, Doris

Shape of Time
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tr. Tiina Aleman, publ. Arc Publications - 140 pp. pb
Doris Kareva ia one of Estonia's leading poets, and Shape of Time is her eleventh book of poetry ...

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KHOURY-GHATA, Vénus

Here there was once a country
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tr. Marilyn Hacker, publ. Oberlin College Press - 103 pp. pb
"(These) poems - brought brilliantly to life by Marilyn Hacker's translations - come from a place never seen nor heard from before. Reality is hyper, surreal; each poem's voice embodies the deepest form of narration: myth: mythos: story. The poet, both inside and outside her landscape, is the true post-Rimbaldian seer, one who reorders the disorder of the senses, doing what only a major poet can do: merging eros and thanatos into poems that take place within the most intimately and mysteriously human. - Lawrence Joseph

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KINSELLA, John

America or Glow

tr. into Swedish by Lars Ahlström & into Russian by Maxim Kalinin & Gleb Shulpyakov, publ. Ars Interpres Publications - 41 pp. pb
"Kinsella's "America" is a voice from the Rust Belt, but the rust is traced to the minds of Corporate America, not just its worn-out industries ...(He) has an almost perfect ear for how a phrase will fall from the mouth into the waiting air-space." - Peter Porter

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KIRKUP, James

Marsden Bay

not translations, but poems by a great friend of the site, publ. Red Squirrel Press - 58 pp. pb
"Amongst his honours, James Kirkup held the Atlantic Award for Literature from the Rockefeller Foundation in 1950, he won the P.E.N. Club Prize for Poetry iin 1965 and was awarded the Scott-Moncrieff Prize for Translation in 1992. In 1997 he was presented with the Japan Festival Foundation Award and invited by the Emperor to the New Year Poetry Reading at the Palace in Tokyo."

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KLEIST, Heinrich von

Plays of the Year - 36 incl. The Prince of Homburg
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tr. Jonathan Griffin, publ. Elek Books (Menard Press),
- 492 pp. hb
Not only the Kleist translation with an introductory essay by the translator, but also Peter Ustinov's "The Unknown Soldier and his Wife", William Douglas Home's comedy "The Secretary Bird" and David Turner's version of Goldoni's "The Servant of Two Masters". There's value!

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The Prince of Homburg
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tr. Neil Bartlett, publ. Oberon Books, - 107 pp. pb
This new translation was created for a co-production in 2002 between the Lyric Hammersmith and the Royal Shakespeare Company, directed by the translator/adaptor.

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Three Plays
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tr. Noel Clark, publ. Oberon Books, - 259 pp. pb
Noel Clark's translations of classical plays have been widely staged and critically acclaimed. This collections includes: Prince Friedrich von Homburg and The Broken Pitcher, Kleist's most famous tragedy and comedy respectively, and Ordeal by Fire, an enigmatic Gothic spectacular.

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Prince Friedrich of Homburg
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tr. Dians Stone Peters & Frederick G. Peters, publ. New Directions Publ. Corp. - 92 pp. pb
A new prose translation of this dramatic masterpiece for the American stage. Intended as a paean to a Prussia triumphant in the Napoleonic wars, the play was, ironically, censured and never produced during Kleist's lifetime. In our own day (it) has been both denounced as a protofascist work and lauded as a supreme metaphysical discussion. Whatever the merits of such intellectualization, it remains one of the most moving and performable plays available for the modern stage.

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KOFMAN, Fernando

The Flights of Zarza
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tr. Ian Taylor, publ. Arc Publications. Bilingual - 98 pp. pb
"... written in the scarred period following the return of democratic rule to Argentina after seven years of brutal dictatorship and state terror that Kofman, a Jew, likened to Germany before and furing the Second World War." .

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KOLLERITSCH, Alfred

Selected Poems
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tr. Iain Galbraith, publ. Shearsman Books. Bilingual - 107 pp. pb
Kolleritsch is editor of Austria's most influential literary magazine, manuskripte, a pioneering journal which he co-founded in 1960. He has published many collections of poetry and won several awards for his work, including the Petrarca Prize, the Georg Trakl Prize and the Horst Bienek Prize for Poetry.

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KOLTZ, Anise

At the Devil's Banquets
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tr. John F. Deane, publ. Dedalus Press. Bilingual - 83 pp. pb
Luxembourg's best known poet. "One salutes in Anise Koltz, not only on a national or French-speaking level, but in a totally European dimension, a poet in whose work the articulation of all the hopes and anxieties of the second half of our century come together." (Alain Bosquet)

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At the Edge of Night
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tr. Anne-Marie Glasheen, publ. Arc Publications. Bilingual - 152 pp. pb
"... a selection from four recent collections by Anise Koltz, brings the work of Luxembourg's best-known poet to the attention of the English-speaking literary world for the first time.

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KOPLAND, Rutger

Memories of the unknown
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tr. James Brockway, publ. Harvill Press. Bilingual -
111 pp. hb
"Things do not speak to us about themselves, says Kopland, except to affirm "that they have always been there, are there, and will always be there, and thus to say, about ourselves, that we are made up of time". (J.M.Coetzee)

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KRONBERGS, Juris

Wolf One-eye
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tr. Mara Rozitis, publ. Arc Publications. Bilingual -
131 pp. pb
The publication of "Wolf One-eye" marks the introduction to English-speaking readers of one of Latvia's best-known and most highly regarded poets, Juris Kronbergs. "(He) is certainly somebody whose texts I can recommend to any reader interested in poetry that is imaginative and intellectual but has still retained its verve and restraint." Jaan Kaplinski

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KUSAR, Meta

Ljubljana
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tr. Ana Jelnikar & Stephen Watts, publ. Arc Publications. Bilingual -
114 pp. pb
The seventy-seven poems that form Meta Kusar's Ljubljana pay complex homage to her home city, the Slovenian capital. ... the poet very soon takes us to the insider's Ljubljana, a personal space alive with associations and images, rich with references.

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LA FONTAINE, Jean de

The Complete Tales in Verse

tr. Guido Waldman, publ. Carcanet Press - 334 pp. pb
Generations of children have been brought up on La Fontaine's Fables, but no parent would leave his Contes et nouvelles en vers lying around the nursery. They were the fruit of wicked delight in the tales he found in Boccaccio's Decameron, Ariosto's Orlando Furioso, Rabelais and elsewhere. Marital misdemeanours, resourceful females and addled males inspire some richly inventive plotting.

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LAFORGUE, Jules

Selected Poems
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prose tr. Graham Dunstan Martin, publ. Penguin Classics. Bilingual - 304 pp. pb
Laforgue has a unique voice and vision which mark him out as one of the founding fathers of modernism. Brilliantly effective in capturing the truth of fleeting impressions and inner sensations, this is also "one of the musical masterpieces of literature" (Graham Dunstan Martin)

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Poems
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tr. Peter Dale, publ. Anvil Press. Bilingual - 480 pp. pb
"(Laforgue) is an exquisite poet, a deliverer of nations... a father of light" (Ezra Pound) Peter Dale (described by Donald Davie as an 'exceptionally thoughtful and enterprising translator'). captures the energy and panache of Laforgue's poetry in translations which are in turn as playful, wild, clear, obscure and impossible as the French poems.

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LANGE, Sabine

The Fishermen Sleep
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tr. Jenny Williams, publ. Arc Publications. Bilingual - 116 pp. pb
Sabine Lange has been in print in Germany since 1987 and this, her first full collection, appeared in 1994. Her poetry explores the human - particularly the female - condition in the light of her own experience as archivist, musician and poet, and is set against the backdrop of the beautiful and unspoilt Mecklenburg countryside in which she has spent most of her life.

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LECKIUS, Ingemar

Light from Light
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tr. John F. Deane, publ. Dedalus Press. Bilingual - 176 pp. pb
For these poems Leckius won Sweden's most prestigious poetry award, the Bellman Prize of the Swedish Academy. They have Judaic, Christian and Islamic motifs and Leckius has long been engaged with the relationship between these three old monotheistic religions.

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LEOPARDI, Giacomo

The Canti & selected prose

tr. J.G.Nichols, publ. Carcanet Press. Bilingual - 176 pp. pb
Here is the essential introduction to the poems and prose of the greatest Italian poet after Petrarch. J.G.Nichols provides a critical setting and a translation of the complete Canti, glossing difficulties on the page. A selection of passages from Leopardi's prose, keyed to the poems, illuminates their occasions.

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Or Volge l'Anno - At the Year's Turning
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ed. Marco Sonzongi, publ. Dedalus Press - 297 pp. pb
This unique book draws together over 100 Irish poets with poems responding to the work of Giacomo Leopardi. Among the poets are: Thomas Kinsella, Seamus Heaney, Pádraig J. Daly ... and many more. In addition there are critical responses to Leopardi's work, including one by John Millington Synge.

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LESSING, Gotthold Ephraim

Two Jewish Plays: " The Jews" & "Nathan the Wise"
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tr. Noel Clark, publ. Oberon Books - 185 pp. pb
Playwright, drama critic, philosopher and polemicist, Lessing was a key figure of German literature in the Enlightenment era, but was often at odds with the authorities. The two plays in this volume exhibit his passionate opposition to racial discrimination; both were banned by Hitler's Nazis.

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LEVCHEV, Lyubomir

"And Here I Am"

tr. Jack Harte, publ. Dedalus Press - 63 pp. pb
Lyubomir Levchev has long been recognised internationally as an outstanding poet and he is the leading poet of Bulgaria. There is a wide range of emotional content, a wide reach of political and personal context, from sorrow to humour, from dread to optimism. Jack Harte, founder of the Irish Writers' Union and the Irish Writers' Centre, knows Levchev well.

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LEVI, Primo

"Collected Poems"

tr. Ruth Feldman & Brian Swann, publ. Faber & Faber - 104 pp. pb
"One of the most important and gifted writers of our time." Italo Calvini. "The courage and steadiness of his gaze lift his poetry to the level of great music and give it a universality that translation cannot restrict." Carol Ann Duffy

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LIPSKA, Ewa

Pet Shops and other poems
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tr. Barbara Bogoczek & Tony Howard, publ. Arc Publications. Bilingual - 89 pp. pb
Ewa Lipska is one of Poland's foremost poets, emerging in the 1960s as a leading voice in the young generation of New Wave poets and quickly establishing herself as one of the key critical voices of the postwar generation. Over the years, her focus has subtly adjusted itself to match the political upheavals she has witnessed at close hand and her concise 'shorthand' poetry operates on many levels simultaneously - she is at one and the same time a journalist, psychologist, surrealist and metaphysician.

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LISNIANSKAYA, Inna

Far from Sodom

tr. Daniel Weissbort, publ. Arc Publications. Bilingual - 105 pp. pb
Lisnianskaya is a poet of instinct - lyrical, intense, defiant, tragic - in whose poetry time, death and the need for love are key themes. In Far from Sodom, which spans her poetic output from 1967 to 2003, she writes with tender insight into love and loss in old age, and in particular about her late husband, the celebrated poet Semyon Lipkin.
In his sensitive and compelling new translation, Daniel Weissbort offers English-language readers the opportunity of becoming acquainted with the work of this passionate, honest and totally human poet.

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LOPE DE VEGA

"Fuente Ovejuna" & "Lost in a Mirror"
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tr. Adrian Mitchell, publ. Oberon Books - 176 pp. pb
"'Fuente Ovejuna' is a great play by a great writer and, in Declan Donnellan's directorial debut at the National Theatre it has been graced by a production of monumental qualities... This inspiring play, in a robust new version by Adrian Mitchell, affirms the power of love over brutality ..." (Evening Standard). "Adrian Mitchell has come up with a text that is springy, alive and free of translatorese." (The Guardian).

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LOPE DE VEGA

"Madness in Valencia" & "Peribañez and the Comendador of Ocaña"
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tr. David Johnston & Nick Drake, publ. Oberon Books - 216 pp. pb
Madness in Valencia, in David Johnston's new translation, explores the thin divide between sanity and madness in a world where no one is quite what they appear to be. Peribañez and the Comendador of Ocaña, in a new version by Nick Drake, is the tale of a brave peasant, bound to defend the honour of his beautiful wife against a tyrannical overlord intent on seducing her.

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LÓPEZ-COLOMÉ, Pura

"Aurora"
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tr. Jason Stumpf, publ. Shearsman Books - Bilingual 128 pp. pb
Pura López-colomé's poems trace spare, vibrant arcs between the realms of matter and spirit, illuminating each with the light of the other. By measn of a quiet yet fervent lyricism, at once celebratory and elegiac, they set out again and again on a voyage beyond self towards a site perhaps impossible fully to determine; mare magnum, 'first scene/of the next day.' It is our privilege indeed to be invited along." (Michael Palmer)

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LORCA, Federico García

Selected Poems
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tr. Merryn Williams, publ. Bloodaxe Books. Bilingual - 176 pp. pb
This edition of Spain's greatest modern poet and dramatist is the first to include Lorca's last poems, the previously lost "Sonnets of Dark Love". It includes examples of all periods in the rich and varied range of his poetry.

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The Selected Poems of Federico García Lorca
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ed. Francisco García Lorca & Donald M. Allen, publ. New Directions. Bilingual - 180 pp. pb
No European poet of the 20c. has attracted more English-speaking translators than Lorca ...in consequence the editors ... have been able to search among many translations for those that catch the tone and intent of the originals most accurately; they have used versions by Stephen Spender, ... Roy Campbell, W.S.Merwin, (et al.) ... chosen to represent each of Lorca's original volumes...

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The Tamarit Poems & sel. poems from Arabic Andalusia
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tr. Michael Smith, publ. Dedalus Press. Bilingual - 115 pp. pb
In Lorca's Tamarit Poems the dominant theme is that of life/love and death. He returns to Andalusian material, specifically to his native city of Granada, for images and atmosphere, among other things. Traditional ballad rhythms can also be heard here yet experimentation in rhythm and images and other techniques is also evident. Michael Smith is a winner of a European Academy Medal for distinguished work in the translation of poetry.

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Lorca/Blackburn
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tr. Paul Blackburn, publ. Stop Press - 72 pp. pb
"Blackburn's versions have an intelligence & piquancy which immediately insure the reader of being in expert hands ... Probably the best Lorca in English." (Stephen Fredman, Chicago Quarterly) With 21 drawings by Basil King.

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Fire, Blood and the Alphabet: one hundred years of Lorca.
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ed. Sebastian Doggart & Michael Thompson, publ. University of Durham: Durham Modern Language Series, 1999.
Some bilingual - 282 pp. pb
This scholarly volume contains a series of essays reassessing the impact of Lorca's work, creative responses to Lorca by poets and scholars, discussions of the problems of translating and staging his work, and some translations.

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MACÉ, Gérard

Wood Asleep
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tr. David Kelley, publ. Bloodaxe Books. Bilingual - 160 pp. pb
Macé's work challenges the barriers between poetry and the essay. This play between and within genres is essential to his writing - which has been called essai merveilleux - and derives from a questioning of language in its broadest sense. He is equally interested in the seductive musicality of words and in the remembered gestures which traced the hieroglyphs of Egypt and the calligraphic writing of the Far East. This edition brings together three series of prose poems.

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MAGRELLI, Valerio

Instructions on How to Read
a Newspaper ...

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tr. Riccardo Duranti, Anamaria Corwe Serrano & Anthony Moliino, publ. Chelsea Editions. Bilingual - 223pp. pb
"I used to read a great many Italian poets. Nowhere near as many in recent years - though I've seen things by a young poet that I like very much. His name is Magrelli." - Joseph Brodsky

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MAIA, Circe

Yesterday a Eucalyptus
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tr. Brian Cole, publ. Brindin Press. Bilingual - 172 pp. pb
Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation.
"If a poet were to write a poem about the last straw that broke the camel's back, Circe Maia would be the one to write it. What she cares about is the subtle gradations of things, the precise distinctions between things that may or may not strike us alike. ...These poems appeal to the head and the senses while reaching for the inexpressible... Brian Cole's quiet, musical translation seems well placed to make us begin to hear this interesting poet in her own terms." (Susan Wicks)

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MALLARM, Stéphane

Poems of Mallarmé
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tr. Brian Coffey, publ. Menard Press. Bilingual - 34 pp.(A4) pb
Brian Coffey, an Irish poet of European stature, introduces these translations with a discussion of "difficulty" in relation to Mallarmé's work. The translations "constitute a shaped dialogue between homage and alternative statement ... illuminating the obscurity of the originals (and) retaining an essential fidelity to Mallarmé, his words also create something new."

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MALROUX, Claire

Edge
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tr. Marilyn Hacker, publ. Wake Forest Univ. Press, NC, USA. Bilingual - 80 pp. pb
"Here's one of the finest poets now writing in France in the magnificent new translation of Marilyn Hacker. Claire Malroux is a name every devoted reader of poetry will want to know. She reminds us that lyric poetry can speak of our lives in the way that nothing else can." (Charles Simic)

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A Long-gone Sun
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tr. Marilyn Hacker, publ. Sheep Meadow Press, NY, USA. Bilingual - 183 pp. pb
"In this braiding of autobiography and history, the distinguished French poet Claire Malroux depicts in marvellous and terrible concreteness the era of Nazism in France. Evoking ordinary familiar figures and incidents from her childhood, Malroux delineates larger questions and destinies." (Adrienne Rich)

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MARGARIT, Joan

Tugs in the Fog
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tr. Anna Crowe, publ. Bloodaxe Books Ltd. - 174 pp. pb
"One of Spain's major modern writers, Joan Margarit worked as an architect and first published his work in Spanish, but for the past three decades has become known for his mastery of the Catalan language. The melancholy and candour of his poetry show his affinity with Thomas Hardy, whose work he has translated."

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MARIE de FRANCE

The Lais of Marie de France
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prose tr. Glyn S.Burgess & Keith Busby, publ. Penguin Classics - 164 pp. pb
This is the earliest known French woman poet (late 12.C.) and her lais, short stories in verse based on Breton tales of courtly love, are among the finest examples of the genre.

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MARTORY, Pierre

The landscape is behind the door
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tr. John Ashbery, publ. Sheep Meadow Press, NY, USA - 113 pp. pb
"His dreams, his pessimistic résumés of childhood that are suddenly lanced by a joke, his surreal loves, his strangely lit landscapes with their inquisitive birds and disquieting flora, are fertile influences for me, though I hope I haven't stolen anything - well, better to steal than to borrow, as Eliot more or less said. I can only hope that this first substantial gathering of Martory's poetry into a volume will be a revelation for others as well." (John Ashbery)

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MATUR, Bejan

In the Temple of a Patient God
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tr. Ruth Christie, publ. Arc Publications - 132 pp. pb
"Bejan Matur ambitiously tries to capture something beyond the horizon of human vision - primitive, tribal, maternal ... and her writing sometimes crosses language's boundary by the recalling of gestures, nursery rhymes, oral legends and mysterious moments in our blood." Bei Dao

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MAYAKOVSKY, Vladimir

Pro Eto - That's What

tr. Larisa Guryeva & George Hyde, publ. Arc Publications - 170 pp. pb
"Nearly eight decades after his death, ... Vladimir Mayakovsky still remains one of the towering figures of Russian literature."

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MEISTER, Ernst

Between Nothing and Nothing
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tr. Jean Boase-Beier, publ. Arc Publications - 113 pp. pb
Arc Visible Poets Series
"...among the best German poetry written in [the '50s to the '70's], in a way altogether at odds with the dominant trends and in Hölderlin's line of succession ..." Michael Hamburger. This volume collects representative poems, the vast majority never before available in English, written throughout the poet's life. In this compelling new translation, the reader may accompany him not just into the mindset of individual poems but also through a series of poetic wrestlings with life to a final confrontation with approaching death which very few poets have attempted with such clarity.

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MELLO BREYNER, Sophia de

Log Book: Selected Poems

tr. Richard Zenith, publ. Carcanet Press - 111 pp. pb
For Sophia de Mallo Breyner, long regarded as among Portugal's major poets, poetry is a way of seeing and receiving life. "Poetry", she writes, "is an art of being. It does not require my time and labour. It does not ask me to have science or an aesthetics or a theory. Instead it demands the entireness of my being, a consciousness running deeper than my intellect, a fidelity purer than any I can control."

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MICHAUX, Henri

Spaced, Displaced
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tr. David & Helen Constantine, publ. Bloodaxe Books. Bilingual - 192 pp. pb
Michaux's last collection, written in his '80s, has all the hallmarks of his most dynamic work: poetry testing itself dangerously at the frontiers.

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Selected Writings
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tr. Richard Ellmann, publ. New Directions Publ. Corp. Bilingual - 298 pp. pb
Henri Michaux "excels in making us feel the strangeness of natural things," André Gide once remarked, "and the naturalness of strange things." The late great poet and painter is well represented by this selection, brilliantly translated by Richard Ellmann.

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MICHELANGELO

The poems
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tr. Christopher Ryan, publ. J.M.Dent. Bilingual - 355 pp. pb
"In sonnets considered some of the best lyrics of the Cinquecento, and in madrigals and experimental forms, characters as intriguing as those of the visual masterpieces come vividly to life ..." These prose translations, accompanied by the Italian texts, make this poetry very accessible.

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The Sonnets of Michelangelo

tr. Elizabeth Jennings, publ. Carcanet Press - 108 pp. pb
Elizabeth Jennings keeps close to Michelangelo's forms, investing in him her own celebrated skills and bringing us as close as English can get to the Italian master. As in his sculpture, she remarks, so in the poems, 'the dominating feature is vehement energy, an energy which is mastered by a longing for order.'

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MICKIEWICZ, Adam

Pan Tadeusz

tr. Kenneth R.Mackenzie, publ. Hippocrene Books Inc. - 598 pp. hb
An epic tale of country life among the Polish and Lithuanian gentry in the years 1811 and 1812, Pan Tadeusz is Poland's best known literary work and has been translated into every European language. Of the three English versions, Kenneth R.Mackenzie's is considered the best.

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MILLER, Larissa

Guests of Eternity

tr. Richard McKane, publ. Arc Publications - 132 pp.
"Larissa Miller is one of Russia's most highly-regarded writers - novelist, essayist and poet - and this selection from her collection "Between the Cloud and the Pit" (1999) spans her poetic output from the 1960s to the millennium."

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MOLIÈRE

The Misanthrope
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tr. Ranjit Bolt, publ. Oberon Books - 93 pp. pb.
First performed in Paris in 1666, The Misanthrope is one of Molière's great comic masterpieces. Exasperated by the corruption of society, the cynical but noble Alceste wrestles with his love for the worldly and coquettish Célimène. This version was first performed at the Piccadilly Theatre, London, by the Peter Hall Company. "...the translator as star - that's Ranjit Bolt" (Financial Times)

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"Tartuffe" & "The Sisterhood"
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tr. Ranjit Bolt, publ. Absolute Press (Oberon Books)
- 127 pp. pb.
Two more of Molière's classic comedies in much-acclaimed versions for the English stage. Ranjit Bolt is one of the country's leading translators, best known for his stunning transformations of classic French verse into witty and elegant English.

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"The School for Wives"
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tr. Ranjit Bolt, publ. Absolute Press (Oberon Books)
- 107 pp. pb.
A narrow-minded merchant, hoping to marry nis young ward, is obsessed with the fear of being made a cuckold. But all his artful plans serve only to speed him towards the fate he is so desperate to avoid. Molière himself first played the hapless merchant.

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"The Miser" & "The Idiot"
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tr. Ranjit Bolt, publ. Absolute Press (Oberon Books)
- 144 pp. pb.
"The Miser" is Molieère's great satire on materialism, a funny yet sophisticated story of cunning, guile and double-dealing. "The Idiot", the fastest and perhaps the funniest of his verse comedies, appears here in a new and highly entertaining translation.

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"Tartuffe"
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tr. Martin Sorrell, publ. Nick Hern Books
- 86 pp. pb.
In this translation, intended for stage productions, Martin Sorrell has made Molière accessible to a modern audience. He also provides a very complete introduction to this comic classic.

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MONTALE, Eugenio -Nobel Laureate

The Coastguard's House
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tr. Jeremy Reed, publ. Bloodaxe Books. Bilingual - 224 pp. pb. Poetry Book Society Translation Award.
The greatest Italian poet of the 20th. century. "Spontaneous naturalness... the product of that exquisite and sure tact which is consummate art...Montale is as truly sophisticated as a major artist can be." (F.R.Leavis)

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Satura
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tr. William Arrowsmith, publ. W.W.Norton. Bilingual - 220 pp. pb.
"Only a translator who had lived a long time with the earlier Montale of the so-called 'high season'... and had fully absorbed that poetry, could have translated this collection with complete success. Arrowsmith was such a translator, and the inimitable results of his many years' dedication to modern Italy's greatest poet are once again given as a precious gift to English-language readers in these amazingly right renderings of Satura" (Rebecca West)

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Collected Poems 1920-1954
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tr. Jonathan Galassi, publ. Farrar, Straus, Giroux. Bilingual - 626pp. pb.
"Galassi's volume is unlikely to be superseded for a long time". (Jamie McKendrick, London Review of Books) "Montale ... is the Debussy of modern poetry, and in Jonathan Galassi's fresh translation of Montale's main achievement, ... the English-speaking reader is given clear access to a body of work that has a severe majesty." Edward Hirsch, The New Yorker.)

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Selected Poems
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ed. Glauco Cambon, publ. New Directions Publishing Corp. Inc.. Bilingual - 161pp. pb.
This selection presents 69 poems chosen from Montale's first three books, as renedered by 16 translators, many of them distinguished poets in their own right.

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Poems

ed. Harry Thomas, publ. Penguin Books - 243pp. pb.
This volume draws on Montale's four major collections, and later work as well. It brings together translations, adaptations and homages by, among others, Samuel Beckett, Anthony Burgess, Geoffrey Hill, Robert Lowell, Jamie McKendrick, Edwin Morgan and Jeremy Reed.

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Selected Poems
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tr. Jonathan Galassi, Charles Wright & David Young, publ. Oberlin College Press - 142pp. pb.
This volume, which draws on the entire corpus of Montale's work, brings together three of his most experienced and effective translators. Together these translators recreate the distinctive music of a poet whose poems prove rich and compelling to an ever-growing body of readers.

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MORA, Tulio

A mountain crowned by a cemetery
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tr. C.A.de Lomellini & David Tipton, publ. Redbeck Press. Bilingual - 101 pp. hb
Born in Peru in 1948, Tulio Mora formed part of the Hora Zero group of young poets whose members were among the first in Peru to experiment with a more colloquial style of writing, influenced by Ernesto Cardenal, Nicanor Parra and American poets whose work had appeared in Spanish translation. His first collection, in 1977, obtained a prize through the Institute of Fine Arts. Later works have also been awarded prestigious prizes.

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MURRAY, Les

Übersetzungen aus der Natur
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tr. Margitt Lehbert, publ. Edition Rugerup 153pp. pb
German translations of Les Murray born in Australia, 1938.

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MÖRIKE, Eduard

Mozart's Journey to Prague and Selected Poetry
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tr. David Luke, publ. Libris. Bilingual - 223 pp. hb
"Mozart's Journey to Prague" is one of German literature's most famous and best-loved stories. The second part of the book contains the most extensive selection of Mörike's poems ever translated into English verse. It represents the wide range of his work, from folk ballad to Wordsworth-like nature poems, from mock epic to lyrical contemplations of particular objects.

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NAGY, Ágnes Nemes

The night of Akhenaton
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tr. George Szirtes, publ. Bloodaxe Books - 94 pp. pb
Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation.

Hungary's Ágnes Nemes Nagy is one of Europe's major modern poets. Her poems are clear and packed at once, monumental yet crystalline in their thought and organisation. The vast pressures of her nation's troubled history find their equivalent in human feeling, voiced through the extraordinary compressed power and explosive formality of Nemes Nagy's poetry. This selection contains poems from all periods of the poet's life, from the 1940s to work written immediately prior to her death.

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NARAIN, Kunwar

No Other World

tr. Apurva Narain (from Hindi), publ. Arc Publications - 156 pp.
"Kunwar Narain is one of the finest Hindi poets of his generation, a meditatgive poet of unsurpassed brilliance" ... (The Indian Express)

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NERI, Giampiero

Natural Theater
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tr. Ron Banerjee, publ. Chelsea Editions - 204 pp.
"... it is more than thirty years since Giampiero Neri has been recognized as one of the most interesting contemporary Italian poets ... a major representative of what we might call the "Milanese school" of Italian poetry."

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NERUDA, Pablo - Nobel Laureate

Elemental Odes
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tr. Margaret Sayers Peden, publ. Libris. Bilingual - 376 pp. hb
A substantial selection from the 3 volumes of the "Elemental Odes" written in the mid fifties when he was at the height of his powers. This poetry cast new light on familiar things - an artichoke, bicycles, sadness, a boy with a hare and many more.

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The Captain's Verses
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tr. Brian Cole, publ. Anvil Press. Bilingual - 207 pp. pb
A celebration of Neruda's love for his third wife - a love affair also celebrated in the acclaimed film "Il Postino". "These are love letters as much as poems. What gives them more than biographical interest is the way Neruda opens out their private intensities so that love becomes an awakening, imaginative ane political." (Roger Garfitt, Poetry Review)

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Selected Poems
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ed. Nathaniel Tarn, publ. Penguin Books. Bilingual - 237 pp. pb
This edition, introduced by Jean Franco and translated by Anthony Kerrigan, W.S.Merwin, Alastair Reid and Nathaniel Tarn, provides samples from Neruda's many books.

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NERVAL, Gérard de

Les Chimères
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tr. William Stone, publ. Menard Press. Bilingual - 64 pp. pb One of the most important poets of 19.c., Nerval was a precursor of the symbolists and surrealists. The translator explains his work in an essay - "like a partly submerged crocodile with one amber eye half open the foreign line sits, waiting for the anxious translator to make a move." Plus a foreword by Anne Beresford, an introduction to Nerval by Michael Hamburger and an afterword and notes by Prof. Norma Rinsler.

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NIETZSCHE, Friedrich

Dithyrambs of Dionysus
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tr. R.J.Hollingdale, publ. Anvil Press. Bilingual - 95 pp. pb Arguably the most important philosopher of the 19c., Nietzsche's earliest reputation was as much for his poetry as for his philosophical writings. "Hollingdale's edition offers a marvellous sense of his poetic range set in the context of his oeuvre." (Eda Sagarra, The Irish Times)

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NORDBRANDT, Henrik

My Life, My Dream
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tr. Robin Fulton, publ. Dedalus Press - 70pp. pb Born in Denmark in 1945 Nordbrandt has risen quickly to become the enigmatic but highly praised and most famous contemporary Danish poet. The power of the imagery, the distinctive style, the assured and idiomatic speaking voice, these are some of the unique qualities of his poetry. Robin Fulton is Scottish but lives in Norway and is one of the best-known and most accomplished translators from Nordic languages in the world.

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NORWID, Cyprian Kamil

Selected Poems
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tr. Adam Czerniawski, publ. Anvil Press - 95pp.pb
Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation.

One of the most innovative and idiosyncratic figures in Polish literature, Cyprian Norwid's unique poetry is now recognised as among Poland's finest. Adam Czerniawski has translated widely from Polish, as well as publishing his own poetry and other works. He now lives in Wales.

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NÚÑEZ, Víctor Rodríguez

Selected Poems
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tr. Katherine M.Hedeen, publ. Arc Publications - 173pp.hb
Víctor Rodríguez Núñez is one of today's most outstanding Cuban writers, although he has
lived and worked outside of the island for nearly two decades. The present collection offers
a representative sample, as well as a rewriting, of his early poetic work.

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ØDEGÅRD, Knut

Missa
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tr. Brian McNeil, publ. Dedalus Press. Bilingual - 52 pp. pb
Ødegård is one of the best-known contemporary poets in Norway. "Missa" is a long poem, its structure palleling that of Britten's War Requiem. Brian McNeil was born in Scotland, ordained priest and now works in Munich. He is well-known as a translator from German and Norwegian.

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ORIZET, Jean

Man and his Masks
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tr. Pat Boran, publ. Dedalus Press. Bilingual - 96 pp. pb
Jean Orizet is president of the French PEN-Club and of the Académie Mallarmé, and vice-president of the European Academy of Poetry. His work has been translated into several languages, and he has been awarded many prizes, including the Grand Prix de l'Académie Française and the Prix Apollinaire.

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Ó SEARCAIGH, Cathal
By the Hearth in Mín a'Leá
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tr. Frank Sewell, Denise Blake & Seamus Heaney, publ. Arc Publications. Bilingual - 174 pp. pb
Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation.
One of Ireland's leading poets, a recipient of many major literary awards and, in Ireland, a well-known television and radio personality. Whether writing about the beautiful Donegal landscape, or as a gay man about the intense emotions of love, or about voices and events from the past that resonate into the present, or simply telling a story, Ó Searcaigh is always honest, clear-sighted and unafraid; lyrical, tender and funny; he tells it how it is.

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OVID

The Erotic Poems
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tr. Peter Green, publ. Penguin Classics - 450 pp. pb
The richness and variety of Ovid's poetic vision, his irony and his bubbling sense of fun - Peter Green captures these in a remarkable translation that combines scholarship and poetic sensitivity with stylistic polish.

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Fasti
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tr. A.J.Boyle & R.D.Woodard, publ. Penguin Classics - 360 pp. pb
A calendar of daily rituals and a witty sequence of stories, many containing uncomfortable political echoes. Deliciously subversive of the values and propaganda of the emperor who sent Ovid into exile.

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Heroides
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tr. Harold Isbell, publ. Penguin Classics - 255 pp. pb
Written in the form of poetic letters from women to their absent lovers, the first 15 of the Heroides sensitively portray a range of emotions from love to anger at betrayal.

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Metamorphoses
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prose tr. Mary Innes, publ. Penguin Classics - 364 pp. pb
A series of narrative poems ingeniously linked by the common theme of transformation. A chaotic universe is subdued into harmonious order; animals turn to stone; men and women become trees, stones and stars.

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The Word for Sorrow
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tr. Josephine Balmer, publ. Salt Publishing - 80 pp. hb
"From Ovid's Black Sea exile in the first century A.D. to the blood-soaked trenches of Gallipoli in the twentieth, The Word for Sorrow brings new resonance to ancient grief. Intertwined with versions of Ovid's Tristia, the book's powerful poems present an intriguing narratie - the story of a text and the old second-hand dictionary used to translate it - giving voice to the universal suffering of exile and celebrating the common humanity that binds us across countries and over all the centuries."

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PACHECO, José Emilio

Selected Poems
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ed. George McWhirter, publ. New Directions. Bilingual - 208 pp. pb
"Man always stands between a Yes and a No, a This and a That... Society, stamped in the image of the universe, is a system of oppositions and intermediations. The same applies to poetic temperaments. For example, the poetry of Pacheco is not inscribed in the world of nature, but in culture, and within that in shadow in the midst of it. Each poem by Pacheco is a homage to the No...(though) every now and then the voice of the Yes breaks through..." (Octavio Paz)

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PADRÓN, Justo Jorge

Memory of the Fire
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tr. Louis Bourne, publ. Anvil Press - 220 pp. pb
Justo Jorge Padrón is one of Spain's leading poets, among the most representative poets of the Spanish Generation of the 1970s. The brilliance of his metaphorical imagination provides the Spanish lyric tradition with an incisive, renovating power.

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de PALCHI, Alfredo

The Scorpion's Dark Dance
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tr. Sonia Raiziss, publ. Xenos Books - 128 pp. pb
"In these compact and powerful poems, Alfredo de Palchi breaks through a bitter imprisonment of the spirit with Rimbaudlike vision, the force of which is admirably caught in the English adaptation of Sonia Raiziss" - William Jay Smith

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Anonymous Constellation
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tr. Sonia Raiziss, publ. Xenos Books - 128 pp. pb
"Alfredo de Palchi is both tough and imaginative. He is absolutely uncompromising, and his poems are painful and exalting to read." - James Dickey

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Addictive Aversions
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tr. Sonia Raiziss & others, publ. Xenos Books - 138 pp. pb
"De Palchi's poetry casts a revealing light on the dubious existential foundations of all mankind ..." - John Taylor, The Antioch Review

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Paradigma
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Italian only, publ. Mimesis Hebenon - 406 pp. pb
Original Italian only.

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PARRA, Nicanor

Antipoems: New and Selected
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ed. David Unger, publ. New Directions. Bilingual - 208 pp. pb
Chile's foremost poet, Parra is "unquestionably one of the most influential and accomplished (poets) in Latin America today, heir to the position long held by his countryman, Pablo Neruda" (Prof.Frank MacShane, Columbia Univ.)

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PASSANNANTI, Erminia

Machine
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tr. Brian Cole, publ. Troubador Publishing. Bilingual - 124 pp. Laura McLoughlin writes: "Interestingly, the emphasis on the machine as desire is present in the theory of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, in L'anti-Oedipe: Technical machines only work if they are not out of order. Desiring machines on the contrary continually break down as they run, and in fact run only when they are not functioning properly. Art often takes advantage of this property by creating veritable group fantasies in which desiring production is used to short-circuit social production, and to interfere with the reproductive function of technical machines by introducing an element of dysfunction." pb

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PATO, Chus

Charenton

ed. David Unger, publ. New Directions. Bilingual - 208 pp. pb
Chile's foremost poet, Parra is "unquestionably one of the most influential and accomplished (poets) in Latin America today, heir to the position long held by his countryman, Pablo Neruda" (Prof.Frank MacShane, Columbia Univ.)

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PAZ, Octavio - Nobel Laureate

Configurations
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tr. various, publ. New Directions. Bilingual - 198 pp. pb
The first major collection of Paz to be published in the USA, including translations by the poet himself, Paul Blackburn, Lysander Kemp, Denise Levertov, et al. "(Poetry) with its search for innocence, its exploration of the time that love extablishes within time, and its reaching through and beyond dualism." (Charles Tomlinson)

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PEDERSEN, Inge

The Thirteenth Month
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tr. Marilyn Nelson, publ. Oberlin College Press. Bilingual (Danish/English)
- 51 pp. pb
"In Inge Pedersen's work, commonplace experience is given grace by the vividness of her imagination, reminiscent at times of the great Tomas Tranströmer, lifting everyday ordinariness into everyday miracle. Here are primary colours in primary language, poems that sing aloud while gifting us with vision." - John F.Deane

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A draft of shadows
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ed. Eliot Weinberger, publ. New Directions. Bilingual -
186 pp. pb
"Octavio Paz is such a masterly presence in the dialogue of Latin American culture that it is easy to forget he is first and foremost a poet... in the polyphony of his voices the poetic one still rings loudest and clearest." (Roberto González Echevarría, New York Times Book Review.)

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PENNA, Sandro

Remember Me, God of Love

tr. Blake Robinson, publ. Carcanet Press - 128 pp. pb
The first comprehensive English translation of Penna's work, this includes material published posthumously and examples of his vibrant prose which, fascinating in themselves, illuminate the poems as well. This collection makes clear why writers like Montale called Penna "a peer", Natlia Ginzburg "a genius" and Pasolini "the best poet of his generation".

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PRET, Benjamin

Four Years after the Dog
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tr. Peter Nijmeijer & Paul Brown, publ. Arc Publications. Bilingual - 51 pp. pb
Péret was one of the founders of the Surrealist movement in France after meeting André Breton in Paris in the early 1920s. In his spontaneous writing, image follows image without apparent effort. The translators have tried to express the playfulness of the poems without losing the accuracy of the translations.

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PERSIUS

Satires

see Horace above

PESSOA, Fernando

A Centenary Pessoa

ed. Eugenio Lisboa, publ. Carcanet Press - 335 pp. pb
"Pessoa's amazing personality is as beguiling and mysterious as his unique poetic output. We cannot learn too much about him." (William Boyd) "One of the evident giants..." (George Steiner) With an essay by Octavio Paz, a photobiography, a critical anthology and two 'posthumous interviews'.

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Selected Poems
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tr. Jonathan Griffin, publ. Penguin Books - 159 pp. pb
Dramatic, lyrical, Christian, pagan, old and modern, Pessoa's poets and poetry contribute to the 'mysterious importance of existence'. "Melancholy, mysterious ... incontestably Portuguese ... Pessoa was Lisbon's Cavafy or Verlaine." (Sunday Times)

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Selected Poems
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tr. David Butler, publ. Dedalus Press - 87 pp. pb
The translator remarks: "Standing in front of one of the late portraits, it strikes one that Rembrandt became a truly great artist when he first realised that Art need not be a mirror to gaze into, but a mirror to peer out from. Fernando Pessoa was the first poet to have elaborated at any length upon this realisation, and this is what makes him our contemporary."

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Poems of Álvaro de Campos Vol.2
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tr. Chris Daniels, publ. Shearsman Books - 192 pp. pb
His poetry, especially the earlier work, celebrates the modern world and the machine age, and marks the eruption of futurism into Portuguese poetry. Volume 1, covering the work up to 1927 - making this the first-ever collected edition of Campos' work in English - will appear in 2010.

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PETRARCA, Francesco

Canzoniere

tr. J.G.Nichols, publ. Carcanet Press - 309 pp. pb
One of the first modern men to emerge from the medieval world, (Petrarch) remains modern in his perplexities, uncertainties, the hesitancies and diffidence he reveals, paradoxically, with assured artistry. J.G.Nichols brings out the obsessive passion, but also his wit and serious humour.

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PINDAR

The Odes and selected fragments

tr. G.S.Conway & Richard Stoneman, publ. Everyman - 434 pp. pb
Pindar is the greatest of the lyric poets of archaic Greece. His poems of praise for the victors in the great games of Greece are celebrations of human excellence, uncompromising in their insistence on the best and the need of divine grace for true human achievement. Less well known are his religious hymns, paeans and dithyrambs. This volume includes all Pindar's poems and many that have survived only in fragmentary form.

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The Odes

tr. C.M.Bowra, publ. Penguin Classics - 256 pp. pb
"What Pindar catches is the joy beyond ordinary emotions as it transcends and transforms them." (C.M.Bowra in the introduction)

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PROPERTIUS

The Poems
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tr. W.G.Shepherd, publ. Penguin Classics - 221 pp. pb
In this eloquent and consistently faithful translation, W.G.Shepherd does full justice to an elegist whose love poems are among the most beautiful to have been written in any language.

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PUGH, Sheenagh

Stonelight
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de Pisan
Dach
Fleming
Gryphius
Hofmannswaldau

poems & translations, publ. seren (Poetry Wales Press) - 72 pp. pb
This is Sheenagh Pugh's ninth collection. Her poetry has won the Forward Poetry Prize, and her translations the Babel Prize. "Pugh's ear for the patterns and shapes of a poem is subtle and rewarding. There's a constant inventiveness at work - she's a serious player of the game." Glyn Pursglove, Poetry Wales.

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QUASIMODO, Salvatore

The Night Fountain
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tr. Marco Sonzogni & Gerald Dawe, publ. Arc Publications - 90 pp. pb
"The Night Fountain" discloses a great poet in the making, now veering into Expressionism, now surreal, but always with an imaginative prosody and a voice that admits us into its intimacy. ..." - Michael Schmidt

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RACINE, Jean

Phaedra

tr. Edwin Morgan into Scots, publ. Carcanet Press - 72 pp. pb
In this new verse translation, Edwin Morgan chooses to translate this great French classic tragedy, with its highly formal rhetoric, into a vigorous, specific idiom, a Glaswegian-based Scots. Morgan makes the play speak with immediacy and breaks the hushed respect with which Racine is often presented, replacing it with a deeper respect for the poetry, characters and today's audience.

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RACINE, Jean

Britannicus
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tr. Robert David MacDonald, publ. Oberon Books - 87 pp. pb
In his great neo-classical plays Racine reached the peak of sophistication in French tragedy. Like Phèdre, his Britannicus addresses a difficult, if not dangerous, subject - power and politics. Although the play does not draw a direct parallel with Louis XIV's court of the time, Racine's plays regard those in power with an all-seeing, but not forgiving, eye.

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RADNÓTI, Miklós

Camp Notebook
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tr. Francis Jones, publ. Arc Publications. Bilingual - 73 pp. pb - Arc Visible Poets Series
One of the most talented young poets in 1930s Hungary, Radnóti suffered under the Nazis' race laws. In the '40s he served three periods of forced labour, the last in a slave camp in northern Serbia. Here he wrote his last and finest poems. In 1944 he was shot while being force-marched towards Germany: his body was exhumed from a ditch after the war, and identified from this notebook in his pocket.

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RÉDA, Jacques

Treading Lightly
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tr. Jennie Feldman, publ. Anvil Press. Bilingual - 141 pp. pb
The first English selection of Jacques Réda's poems draws on his 3 earliest major collections, widely regarded as among his finest, one of which was awarded the Prix Max Jacob. These were a formative influence on the 'new lyricism' that was to change the direction of French poetry in the 1980s. The music of the poetry is admirably captured in Jennie Feldman's translations.

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REVERDY, Pierre

Selected Poems
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tr. John Ashbery, Mary Ann Caws & Patricia Terry, publ. Bloodaxe Books. Bilingual - 173 pp. pb
André Breton hailed Reverdy as "the greatest poet of the time". Louis Aragon said that for Breton, Soupault, luard and himself he was "our immediate elder, the exemplary poet". "Reverdy's strange landscapes, which combine an intense inwardness with a proliferation of sensual data, bear in them the signs of a continual search for an impossible totality." (Paul Auster)

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RILKE, Rainer Maria

Duino Elegies
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tr. Patrick Bridgwater, publ. Menard Press. Bilingual - 105 pp. pb
This is the masterpiece of one of the greatest European poets of the 20.c. The cycle of poems was completed in a three-week blaze of creative energy in 1922, and this translation perhaps "incarnates the deepest reconciliation of ... beauty, truth and fidelity".

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Duino Elegies
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tr. David Young, publ. W.W.Norton - 101 pp. pb
Extremely readable! The translator writes: "If my version seems excessively contemporary to some, it will be because I have tried to bring toe poet's voice, in all its life and urgency, to the surface of the poem, free of the mufflings and wrappings of the traditional long poem in English."

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Sonnets to Orpheus
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tr. M.D.Herter Norton, publ. W.W.Norton. Bilingual - 160 pp. pb
Orpheus represents the poet's journey into understanding of life and death. He is Rilke's touchstone, the mythical poet who could enchant beasts, birds and spirits with his music. Originating in reflections on the untimely death of a young girl, the poems express Rilke's delicate sense of the beauty and transience of life and the transforming possibilities of love.

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Sonnets to Orpheus & Letters to a Young Poet

tr. Stephen Cohn, publ. Carcanet Press. Bilingual - 214 pp. pb
Rilke's was an intensely introspective nature; in the Sonnets he succeeds brilliantly in looking out from his isolation and making poetry fro material which lies in an important sense 'outside'. The letters to Franz Xaver Kappus have become a part of literary folklore, and contain insights which are as profound today as when they were written.

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Poems from the Book of Hours
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tr. Babette Deutsch, publ. New Directions. Bilingual - 51 pp. pb
Although these poems were the work of Rilke's youth, they contain the germ of his mature convictions. The God they celebrate is not the Creator of the Universe, but seems rather the creation of humanity, and, above all, of that most intensely conscious part of humanity: the artists.

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Selected Poems
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tr. J.B.Leishman, publ. Penguin Books - 93 pp. pb
This selection ranges from the objective, naturalistic descriptions of his earliest works to the increasingly effusive outpourings of half-religious ecstasy and anguish that characterize his later poems. "His poetry is priceless" (John Banville, Irish Times)

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Possibility of Being
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tr. J.B.Leishman, publ. New Directions Publishing Corp. - 122 pp. pb
The title, taken from one of the Sonnets to Orpheus reflects the central concern of both Rilke's life and art: the achievement of "being", which this most spiritual yet least doctrinaire of modern German poets defined as "the experiencing of the completest possible inner intensity."

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Turning-Point
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tr. Michael Hamburger, publ. Anvil Press - 125 pp. pb
These lesser-known poems are not, in Michael Hamburger's view, inferior to those that form the accepted corpus; rather they merely failed to fit in with Rilke's wish to form a definitive statement. First published under the title An Unofficial Rilke, Hamburger's translations have been critically acclaimed for their contribution towards a more complete understanding of one of the major poets of the 20th. century.

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The Book of Fresh Beginnings
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tr. David Young, publ. Oberlin College Press - 99 pp. hb
"Readers will find well-known favourites and new discoveries, all of them rendered in new versions that combine contemporary speech with Rilke's inimitable poetic voice, a voice that is by turns somber, majestic and remarkably playful."

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RIMBAUD, Arthur

A Season in Hell, etc.
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tr. Norman Cameron, publ. Anvil Press. Bilingual - 207 pp. pb
In Michael Hamburger's view "A Season in Hell" was Rimbaud's literary testament, his apology, and a contribution to the mythology of his time. In the opinion of Robert Graves Norman Cameron was unsurpassed as a translator of Rimbaud. This book is a classic.

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A Season in Hell & Illuminations
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tr. Mark Treharne, publ. J.M.Dent. Bilingual - 164 pp. hb
Mainly prose poems. "The anger, the pain, the joy, the cruelty and much more are allowed to speak plainly ... The sense of intense pressure is there throughout. (The translator) finds, again and again, images that convey the startlingly visionary qualities of the original." (Norma Rinsler)

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paperback version of above. Bilingual - 164 pp. pb

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A Season in Hell & The Drunken Boat
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tr. Louise Varèse, publ. New Directions - Bilingual - 103pp. pb
"One may at last suggest that the translation of A Season in Hell has reached a conclusive point..." (The Saturday Review) Of The Drunken Boat Enid Starkie wrote: "(It is) an anthology of separate lines of astonishing evocative magic which linger in the mind like isolated jewels."

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Collected Poems
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prose tr. Oliver Bernard, publ. Penguin Classics - Bilingual - 349pp. pb
This Penguin Classic reproduces the text of the Pléiade edition, 1954; with selected letters and prose translations that have been acclaimed as "quite outstanding ... so intrinsically poetic that it comes as no surprise to find that Bernard writes original verse himself". (Robert Nye, in The Times)

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Selected Poems and Letters
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tr. Jeremy Harding, publ. Penguin Classics - Bilingual - 464pp. pb
Arthur Rimbaud was one of the wildest, most uncompromising poets of his age, although his brief literary career was over by the time he was 21 and he soon embarked on a new life as a trader in Africa. This edition brings together his extraordinary poetry and more than a hundred of his letters, most of them written after he had abandoned literature.

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RIVERA-REYES, Roberto

Dawn Hunters and other poems
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tr. Dinah Livingstone et al., publ. Latin American Writers Publication. Bilingual - 135 pp. pb
This is poetry unashamedly hammered out on the anvil of politics ... The indigenous culture of the Mapuche, the vivid sense of politics of crisis and hope are encapsulated for me in the oblatory cups of "Exequia". This is a poetry of night and moonshine, of resistance and celebration." (Dr. Ciaran Cosgrove, Trinity College, Dublin)

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RONSARD, Pierre de

Les Deux Poètes Français (with Du Bellay)
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selected poems, tr. Reine Errington, publ. Piper's Ash - 64 pp. chapbook
A collection of two of the greatest 16th. century French poets, sensitively translated by Lady Reine Errington. In singing verse they celebrate the pains and pleasures of rural and domestic life and love.

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Theme and Version:
Plath and Ronsard

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tr. Sylvia Plath, publ. Menard Press. Bilingual - 96 pp. pb
Previously unpublished translations by Sylvia Plath made in the mid '50s in Cambridge. Daniel Weissbort, who knew Plath there, has written an essay on her approach to translation, and an essay by Audrey Jones deals with the Renaissance iconography in Ronsard and its mediation through Plath's work. There is a third essay by Yves Bonnefoy on the Ronsard's significance.

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ROSSELLI, Amelia

The Dragonfly
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tr. Giuseppe Leporace & Deborah Woodard , publ. Chelsea Editions. Bilingual - 275 pp. pb
"Amelia Rosselli's multiple linguistic identity (Italian, French & English) allows her to leave behind traditional logical syntax for a new, often disorienting, language. An array of astonishing verbal combinations characterizes verses where fragments of quotations, dreams and subliminal intuitions are thrown at the reader like a broken mirror."

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ROUZEAU, Valérie

Cold Spring in Winter
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tr. Susan Wicks, publ. Arc Publications. Bilingual - 129 pp. pb
"The influential poet and critic André Velter has described Rouzeau's poetry as 'violent in its capacity to exalt and disturb'. This quality comes to the fore in Susan Wicks's remarkable translation ..."

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ROZEWICZ, Tadeusz

recycling
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tr. Tony Howard & Barbara Plebanek, publ. Arc Publications. 118 pp. pb - Arc Visible Poets Series
"(The) title poem ... encompasses the groundless optimism of geneticists, brutish nationalism, and the new wave of Holocaust denial. Rozewicz ... is a survivor - and, quite as important, a crucial aid to survival."(Michael Glover, Financial Times) "I am haunted by the vision of history and politics which I draw from Rozewicz" (Tom Paulin)

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They came to see a poet
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tr. Adam Czerniawski, publ. Anvil Press, 270 pp.
"The austere sparseness of Rozewicz's finest work, admirably rendered by Adam Czerniawski, speaks with compelling authority." Dick Davis, 'The Listener' These poems address childhood, friendship, love, eroticism, art, the poet's role and obligations, religion, ageing, death and the anxieties of modern civilization.

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RUFFILLI, Paolo

Joy and Mourning
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tr. Pádraig J.Daly, publ. Dedalus Press. 119 pp. pb -
A long poem, Joy and Mourning uses a form traditional in Irish poetry, and in Italian going back to Jacopone Da Todi and beyond, in which various people comment on the agony and death of Christ, to shed light on the suffering and dying of a young man who is suffering with AIDS. Ruffilli's voice is slow and quiet and the cumulative effect of the presentation is very moving.

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Like it or not
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tr. Ruth Feldman & James Laughlin, publ. Bordighera. 143 pp. pb -
A thematically and stylistically linked volume of seven poems, a brief title poem followed by six extended ones, each prefaced by a pair of sharp epigraphs from writers as diverse as Swift, Proust and Mishima."

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SALAMUN, Tomaz

Homage to Hat, Uncle Guido & Eliot

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tr. poet & various, publ. Arc Publications. 112 pp. pb
The Slovenian poet Salamun's poems "reel, pinch, jerk, smack and generally kick up their heels. They are comic, wordly, political and blasphemous. ... fully alive, contemporary and successfully translated into English." James Tate

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Row
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tr. poet & Joshua Beckman, publ. Arc Publications. 135 pp. pb
"When entering a Tomaz Salamun poem don't reach for the handrail of narrative or grope for the light-switch of meaning. These are instinctive, sensory poems, poems of great power and surprise, appealing to the open mind and the trustful reader." Simon Armitage

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SAMOILOVICH, Daniel

Driven by the Wind and
Drenched to the Bone

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tr. Andrew Graham-Yooll, publ. Shoestring Press. Bilingual - 58pp. pb
"... I feel sure his work will appeal to English readers - and this well-chosen, translated and produced selection presents the ideal opportunity to discover this fine poet." - Ruth Fainlight

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SANGUINETI, Edoardo

Libretto
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tr. Pádraig J. Daly, publ. Dedalus Press. Bilingual - 43pp. pb
Sanguineti is the most important poet of the neo-vanguard movement in Italy; there is a fine lyrical continuity in these innovative poems. They capture the anguish, the wit and the need for human love the world is conscious of at this moment of millennial chaos.

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SAPPHO

Sappho

ed. & tr. Robert Chandler & others, publ. Everyman's Poetry - 97pp. pb
The scholars of Alexandria collected Sappho's works into nine books, the first having 1,320 lines. This was 300 years after her death. Very little has survived, but most of this is very beautiful, "jewel-like masterpieces". Her verse has a direct and lucid lyricism - Swinburne called her "the greatest poet that ever was..."

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Poems & Fragments

tr. Josephine Balmer, publ. Bloodaxe Books - 96pp. pb
Includes all surviving poems and fragments. In her comprehesive introduction the translator discusses Sappho's poetry and its background, as well as Greek society, sexuality and women.

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SBARBARO, Camillo

Shavings
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tr. Gayle Ridinger, publ. Chelsea Editions - 182pp. pb
"The main inspiration here is a love for 'remnants' and 'scraps', the poetry of failed humanity and of things that remain irremediably obscure and out of reach. Disoriented and amazed, Sbarbaro finds himself surrounded by people he doesn't understand, while life passes him by, eluding him. He can't find a country or home to call his own ..." - Eugenio Montale

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SCHILLER, Johann Friedrich von

Five Plays
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tr. Robert David MacDonald, publ. Oberon Books - 733pp. pb.
One of the greatest figures in European drama and literature, Schiller wrote plays which Verdi used for four of his operas. Both men were deeply preoccupied with the battle for political freedom, projecting the moral victory of the doomed individual over the power of the immutable State as potent historical drama. This volume includes: "The Robbers", "Passion & Politics", "Don Carlos", "Mary Stuart" & "Joan of Arc".

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Mary Stuart - Joan of Arc
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tr. Robert David MacDonald, publ. Oberon Books - 238pp. pb.
Two of the five plays above.

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SHABTAI, Aharon

Love & Selected Poems

tr. Peter Cole, publ. Sheep Meadow Press - 221pp. pb.
"In his fusions of the sensual and the spiritual, the ordinary and the exalted, the sexual in the suffering psyche and the intelligent consciousness searching and spinning through history, myth and layers of language, Shabtai is one of the most exciting poets writing anywhere, and certainly the most audacious." (C.K.Williams)

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SHVARTS, Elena

Paradise: Selected Poems

tr. Michael Molnar & Catriona Kelly, publ.Bloodaxe Books. Bilingual 144pp. pb. Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation
Shvarts' haunted and demonic St. Petersburg is nearer Dostoevsky's than Akhmatova's and Brodsky's. Her poetry draws backwoods Russian folklore with its cruelty, its religiosity and its quaint humour, into stone, cosmopolitan Petropolis.

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SIMONOVIC, Ifigenija

Striking Root: Fifty Poems
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tr. Anthony Rudolf & the Poet, publ. Menard Press. 88pp. pb
The poet was born in Slovenia in 1953, and is a very well-known poet in her native language and country. She now lives in London. Maura Dooley, a leading poet of the same generation, contributes her assessment of the poet- "...in these poems an acute personal history is told, sometimes savagely, always searingly ... (she is) a brave, awkward, raw poet".

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SÖDERGRAN, Edith

Complete Poems

tr. David McDuff, publ. Bloodaxe Books. 208pp. pb
When she died in poverty at 31, Södergran had been dismissed as a mad, megalomanic aristocrat by most of her Finnish contemporaries. Today she is regarded as Finland's greatest modern poet, a mystic modernist whose startlingly original poetry (written in Swedish) transcends the limits imposed by her lifelong struggle against TB.

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SOMMER, Piotr

Things to translate

tr. John Ashbery, Douglas Dunn, D.J.Enright, et.al., publ. Bloodaxe Books. 64pp. pb
Leading Polish poet. "His poetry is low key and terse ... Obliquity is the rule ...a knock on the door announces a milkwoman, not the secret police, but the one caller mirrors the other." (D.J.Enright)

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SOPHOCLES

Ajax & Aeschylus' "Suppliants"

tr. James Kerr, publ. Oberon Books. 95pp. pb
Ajax describes the madness and death of one of the great Greek heroes of the Trojan wars. Sophocles asks: in society, what happens to the hero when he is alive, and who has ownership over him when he is dead?

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Antigone

tr. Declan Donnellan, publ. Oberon Books. 61pp. pb
Antigone and Creon are locked in conflict. He has forbidden the burial of her brother; she knows that she must obey the laws of the gods, defy Creon's edict and face death in order to ensure her sibling's passage to the underworld. "Every line of Donnellan's version rings out loud and clear ... it comes across both as stinging dialectic and as a tragic study in the denial of nature." (Michael Billington, The Guardian)

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SORESCU, Marin

The Biggest Egg in the World

ed. Edna Longley, publ. Bloodaxe Books. 80pp. pb
Romania's comic genius in versions by Michael Hamburger, Ioana Russell-Gebbett/Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney, David Constantine, D.J.Enright, Paul Muldoon and Michael Longley.

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Selected Poems
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tr. Michael Hamburger, publ. Bloodaxe Books. 96pp. pb
Selection of poems from 1965-73. "His plain but mercurial idiom is engaging and likeable ... He can also be wonderfully funny. (Douglas Dunne, London Magazine "A vigorous, playful imagination ... a blackish humour and an epigrammatic lightness of touch." (Alan Jenkins, The Observer.

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SPAZIANI, Maria Luisa

Painted Fire
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tr. Lynne Lawner, publ. ChelseaEditions. 196pp. pb
"In her long, distinguished, ever-evolving career, Maria Luisa Spaziani has written poems of a remarkable decisiveness and beauty ..." Jonathan Galassi

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STÉTIÉ, Salah

Cold Water Shielded
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tr. Michael Bishop, publ. Bloodaxe Books. Bilingual - 224 pp. pb
Salah Stétié is a French Lebanese poet and essayist of international renown. In his exquisite, soberly beautiful poems, Western culture merges with Oriental and Arabic traditions. His writing has a swirling metaphysical dimension while never ceasing to root itself in earthy, sensuous experience.

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STRUNGE, Michael

A Virgin from a Chilly Decade
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tr. Bente Elsworth, publ. Arc Publications. Bilingual - 83 pp. pb - Arc Visible Poets Series
With the publication in 1978 of his first collection, at the age of 20, Strunge achieved almost instant recognition as a rebellious, angry poet who identified strongly with the poor and the socially sidelined. His was a voice for tolerance. A prolific and successful poet, Strunge became increasingly disillusioned and depressed until, at 27, he committed suicide in 1986.

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SULPICIA

The poems of Sulpicia
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tr. John Heath-Stubbs, publ. Hearing Eye - 20 pp. chapbook
"Sulpicia is the only woman poet of ancient Rome whose name and work have come down to us... They reveal a young woman of patrician origins, in love apparently for the first time and speaking with directness and frankness of her passion for her lover Cerinthus."

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SUSANNA, Àlex

Forgotten Music
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tr. Pat Boran, publ. Dedalus Press - 95 pp. pb
Àlex Susanna was born in Barcelona in 1957 and is one of the best-known contemporary Catalan poets. He taught literature at the University of Barcelona and ran the International Festival of Poetry in that city for many years. His voice is fresh and inviting; the poems move from railway stations, through travels, a love of art, to love poems of extraordinary intimacy and intensity. This book selects the best poems from several collections. Pat Boran is one of Ireland's best-known younger poets, and has published several collections. He is the Programme Director of the Dublin Writers' Festival.

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SZYMBORSKA, Wislawa - Nobel Laureate

miracle fair
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tr. Joanna Trzeciak, publ. W.W.Norton & Co. Inc. - 159 pp. hb
"Wislawa Szymborska's poems are themselves a kind of miracle fair - the festival of a ruthlessly skeptical intelligence called back in wonderment to the world - and Joanna Trzeciak brings to them a fresh vocabulary of understanding, a quick linguistic agility, and a keen poetic intelligence. What Szymborska calls 'the joy of writing' also becomes, in this book, the joy of reading." (Edward Hirsch)

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TAGORE, Rabindranath - Nobel Laureate

I Won't Let You Go - Selected Poems

tr. Ketaki Kushari Dyson, publ. Bloodaxe Books - 272 pp. pb
Tagore (18612941) is India's greatest modern writer, a poet of impressive wholeness; magnificent loving warmth, a compassionate humanity, a delicate sensuousness, an intense sense of kinship with nature and a burning awareness of man's place in the universe; a restless innovator and a superb craftsman, the Bengali language attained great power and beauty in his hands.

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Song Offerings

tr. Joe Winter, publ. Anvil Press - 200 pp. pb
"The poems were written to be sung; but they sing themselves." (Edward Thompson). "Tagore's most famous work deserves to be seen as it appeared in Bengali - a series of jewels, the whole with the authority virtually of a holy book, and each one a metaphysical delight. Joe Winter's translation, the first in English verse, emulates the grandeur and inspiring movements of these wonderful song-poems."

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TAKAHASHI, Mutsuo

On Two Shores

tr. Mitsuko Ohno & Frank Sewell, publ. Dedalus Press - 126 pp. pb
"The translations are skilful recreations and show the passion and vitality Takahashi brings to his subjects. Here we have a Japanese sensibility commenting on Irish traditions and the Irish landscape with limpid images and startling juxtapositions." Paul Perry

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We of Zipangu

tr. James Kirkup & Tamaki Makoto, publ. Arc Publications - 153 pp. pb
"... With subject matter that is deeply personal and often homo-erotic with undertones of the grotesque and the perverse, Takahashi's is a uniquely passionate and mystical voice, the full force of which resonates through the pages of these outstanding translations."

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TARDIEU, Jean

The River Underground
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tr. David Kelley, publ. Bloodaxe Books. Bilingual - 208 pp. pb
Tardieu is a writer of enormous range, and his poetry addresses problems of experience and language central to modern literature, bringing lively wit and humour to bear upon an anguished interrogation of the world. A household name in France but little known in the English speaking world.

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TOLARETXIPI, Eli

Still Life with Loops
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tr. Philip Jenkins, publ. Arc Publications. Bilingual - 119 pp. hb
"The poetry of Eli Tolaretxipi creates an impression of adventure or of risk ... in the poet's intimate manner of working and in the autonomous and necessary quality of the writing. Its most conspicuous quality is perhaps its naturalness, a natural kind of strangeness."
Olvido García Valdés

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TORRES, Anabel

Wounded Water
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tr. the poet, publ. Ediciones Árbol de Papel - Bilingual. 190pp. hb.
"Few poetry fans will read without emotion these poems dipped in the water of life and poetry: they are, like Cesar Vallejo's, poems in which what most grips us is the human emotion that Vallejo evokes, and which impregnates Anabel's poetry. Guided by emotion her verse flows clean and simple, to quote the Simple Verses of José Martí, another creator in the same vein. Anabel merges with them in a poetic tradition stripped of ornament and lyrical excess. Her work is succinct, like the testimony of a witness." - Américo Ferrari

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TRAKL, Georg

Poems & Prose
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tr. Alexander Stillmark, publ. Libris - Bilingual. 192pp. hb.
"Trakl's poetry is for me a thing of sublime existence." (Rilke) The distinctive tone of Trakl's work - especially admired by his patron Ludwig Wittgenstein - is autumnal and melancholy. Neo-romantic, early modernist, his rich, vitally sensuous poetry can be seen to mark the transition from impressionism to expressionism, but at the same time transcends such categories.

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paperback version of above. Bilingual - 192 pp. pb

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To the Silenced
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tr. Will Stone, publ. Arc Publications - 165 pp. pb
"Will Stone has produced versions that are more than usually at home in the disputed territory between languages, that no-man's land that translators at their best cultivate. Stone neither foreignizes nor domesticates but is open to, and takes full advantage of, the possibilities offered by English today. He does what gifted translators are best fitted to do, producing something new, not just because it originates in another culture, but because the host (target) language is legitimately changed by it." Daniel Weissbort - Modern Poetry in Translation

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TRANSTRÖMER, Tomas

New Collected Poems

tr. Robin Fulton, publ. Bloodaxe Books - 224 pp. pb.
Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation

New edition (1997) of Sweden's most important poet. "A poet of exceptional achievement has with this volume been born into English." (Guardian) "One of the outstanding poets of our time." (Jaan Kaplinski)

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TSVETAYEVA, Marina

Selected Poems

tr. David McDuff, publ. Bloodaxe Books - 160 pp. pb
During the Stalin years Russia had four great poets to voice the feelings of her oppressed people: Pasternak, Akhmatove, Mandelstam and Tsvetayeva, who was driven to hang herself in 1941. This comprehensive selection has complete versions of all of her major long poems and poem cycles.

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Selected Poems

tr. Elaine Feinstein, publ. Carcanet Press - 132 pp. pb
Through Elaine Feinstein's versions, which, Charles Tomlinson said, "reproduce that jagged, breathless self-wearing tone" of the poems, another generation of readers of English will discover her voice. Poets take courage from her obstinate determination to honour and obey the demands of what Pasternak called her "golden, incomparable genius" against the dark current of her life.

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URSU, Liliana

The Sky Behind the Forest

tr. the poet, with Adam J. Sorkin & Tess Gallagher, publ. Bloodaxe Books - 96 pp. pb.
Poetry Book Society Recommended Traslation

Major Romanian poet described by Tess Gallagher as "carnivorous and tender, majestic and human". "Freshness, frankness, analysed emotions colourful ideas." (Nina Cassian)

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VALÉRY, Paul

La Jeune Parque
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tr. Alistair Elliot, publ. Bloodaxe Books. Bilingual - 64 pp. pb
"One of the finest attempts at absolute poetry...this translation... provides a fine introduction to this most difficult of French poets." (Justin Quinn)

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Selected Writings
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ed. Anthony Bower & J.Laughlin, publ. New Directions. Bilingual - 256 pp. pb
This selection from representative works of the great French poet-philosopher is based on the Paris Morceaux choisis volume, which was assembled by Valéry himself. The list of translators for this volume is distinguished. Among them are Lionel Abel, James Kirkup, C.Day Lewis, Louise Varèse and Vernon Watkins.

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VALLEJO, César

Trilce
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tr. Rebecca Seiferle, publ. The Sheep Meadow Press. Bilingual - 171 pp. pb
"In Trilce, Vallejo tears the language of his poetry out of Spanish and Peruvian Quechua. He fights a revolution in words not unlike that which Paul Celan was to fight in the sidestreets of the German language some years later. Rebecca Seiferle is a New Mexican poet uniquely suited to the hazards of this translation. Its pages are open to anyone who wants to read poetry at its bravest." (Stanley Moss)

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Trilce
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tr. Michael Smith & Valentino Gianuzzi, publ. Shearsman Books. Bilingual -
252 pp. pb
This edition presents a Spanish text based upon the very latest scholarship, and includes explanatory notes for the English-speaking reader. Apart from the canonical text of Trilce, and appendix brings together the earlier versions of ten poems and an uncollected poem connected to the main text, which are useful as background.

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Complete Later Poems 1923-1938
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tr. Michael Smith & Valentino Gianuzzi, publ. Shearsman Books. Bilingual -
419 pp. pb
This book collects all the post-Trilce work that has been identified by the latest scholarship, including the poem sequence on the Spanish Civil War. The book offers the most complete version yet of this magnificent body of work.

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The Black Heralds & Other Early Poems
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tr. Michael Smith & Valentino Gianuzzi, publ. Shearsman Books. Bilingual -
267 pp. pb
"In this varied book, lyrics of existential angst and romantic frustrations appear amid descriptions of family life and Andean landscapes. The Black Heralds includes many of Vallejo's best known poems, and its deceptive straightforwardness has garnered a lasting appeal among poetry readers."

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VERLAINE, Paul

Femmes/Hombres Women/Men
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tr. Alistair Elliot, publ. Anvil Press. Bilingual - 151 pp. pb
"...in Verlaine's clandestine collections of erotic verse, Mr. Elliot succeeds marvellously. The French poet's exuberant wit, sensuality, and technical - or pyrotechnical - brilliance evokes the same virtues in the translator. ... They are astonishing, beautiful poems, astonishingly and beautifully rendered." (D.M.Thomas in the Times Literary Supplement.)

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VIANELLO, Aldo

Selected Poems
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tr. Richard Burns, Peter Jay & Linda Lappin, publ. Anvil Press. Bilingual - 159 pp. pb
"The first two books published by Anvil Press in 1968 were by an English poet, Harry Guest, and a young Italian who was then completely unknown outside his native Venice - and only beginning to make a name in his beloved city. Aldo Vianelli was nearly 30 then Richard Burns (now known as Richard Berengarten) began to translate his poems."

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VICENTE, Gil

The Boat Plays
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tr. David Johnston, publ. Oberon Books - 96 pp. pb
Gil Vicente is the founding father of Portuguese drama. This trilogy of medieval morality plays remains fiercely relevant today. Vicente's masterpiece puts humanity in the dock. Each of the three classes of society are examined before assignment to one of the boats bound for Heaven, Purgatory or Hell. Written between 1516 and 1519, the trilogy made a profound contribution to the development of European theatre.

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VIGE, Claude

Flow Tide
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tr. Anthony Rudolf, publ. Menard Press/King's College London - 119 pp. pb
Born into a Jewish family in Alsace in 1921, Vigée was in the resistance until he went to the USA in 1943, emigrating to Israel in 1960. This volume presents poetry and prose by this "most distinguished living poet and critic of French/Jewish inspiration".

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VILLACAÑAS, Juan Antonio

Selected Poems
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tr. Michael Smith & Beatriz Villacañas, publ. Shearsman Books. Bilingual - 166 pp. pb
Born in Toledo, the city where he spent most of his life and one to which he felt deeply attached, Juan Antonio Villacañas qas a prolific poet whose work was very favourably received and anthologized during his lifetime. Although a profoundly spiritual man, he always stayed in touch with the mundanities of ordinary human life.

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VILLON, François

Poems
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tr. Peter Dale, publ. Anvil Press. Bilingual - 271 pp. pb
Villon was born in Paris in 1431, and his life was blighted by destitution and ill-health, robbery and murder, torture and exile. The poems he produced in just six years capture in forceful, intelligent and candid verse the low and high life of Paris. "One despaired of ever finding anyone to "capture" (Villon) in English. But it's been done. Here it is. Hats off." (Lawrence Durrell)

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VIRGIL

The Aeneid
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prose tr. W.F.Jackson Knight, publ. Penguin Classics - 364 pp. pb.
Virgil's Aeneid describes the legendary origin of the Roman nation. A poet's picture of the world, where human affairs are controlled by human and superhuman influences.

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The Aeneid
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tr. John Dryden, publ. Penguin Classics - 423 pp. pb.
Not merely a superb translation but "an important, magisterial and moving English poem in its own right, as well as a major influence on Pope and the main 18.C. tradition". (Frederick Keener)

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The Aeneid
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prose tr. David West, publ. Penguin Classics - 353 pp. pb.
"The most truthful translation ever, conveying as many nuances and whispers as are possible from the original." (The Times) "... West opens the window and the winds bring life into Virgil's body." (Wall Street Journal)

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The Eclogues
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tr. Guy Lee, publ. Penguin Classics. Bilingual - 131 pp. pb.
Virgil's haunting and enigmatic Eclogues provided the inspiration for the whole European tradition of pastoral poetry. A deeply sensitive but very faithful translation.

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The Georgics
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tr. L.P.Wilkinson, publ. Penguin Classics - 160 pp. pb.
Although Dryden's comment that it was 'the best poem by the best poet' was possibly extravagant, it has been admired and imitated through the ages and at one time was part of the reading of every educated man.

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The Georgics of Virgil
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tr. Peter Fallon, publ. The Gallery Press - 127 pp. pb.
Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation.
"Peter Fallon handles The Georgics .. with the expertise and empathy of a poet conversant with farm life. Each individual line glistens like a newly turned furrow. Both the fact-filled plains and the sublime heights of Virgil's work are compellingly rendered and the poem flows so freely and lyrically one soon forgets it is a translation." Poetry Book Society citation

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VOLKOW, Verónica

Arcana & Other Poems
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tr. Luis Ingelmo & Michael Smith, publ. Shearsman Books - 124 pp.
"This volume serves to introduce the Anglophone reader to one of Mexico's most significant poets in the post-Paz period. The centrepiece of the book is her astonishing sequence Arcana, with one poem for each of the major arcana in the Tarot deck."

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VONDEL, Joost van den

Lucifer
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tr. Noel Clark, publ. Absolute Press (Oberon Books)
- 69 pp. pb.
Joost van den Vondel (1587-1679) has been described as the Shakespeare of Holland. Banned on its second night in 1654, the play was attacked by the Calvinists for treating "God's profundities in a carnal manner". It is regarded by some as a major influence on Milton's Paradise Lost. First performed in Noel Clark's stylish rhyming translation at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London in June 1988.

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WEISSBORT, Daniel

The Name's Progress

tr. into Russian by Regina Derieva, publ. Ars Interpres Publications
- 100 pp. pb.
"It is hard to imagine how anything could be more natural, relaxed and true to the writer's self, true to his secret, personal life, than Daniel Weissbort's poems." (Ted Hughes)

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WELLS, Nigel

Walesland / Gwaliadir
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tr. Caryl Lewis, publ. Gomer Press. Bilingual - 70 pp. pb.
"Walesland is a poetic exploration of Welsh history, written in English and translated into Welsh. Many of the great figures of Wales's past are featured - from St. David to Saunders Lewis - it is not their story, but the lot of the common people that is most apparent in these poems, whether they are the hapless victims, the ardent followers or the indifferent bystanders."

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WALLACH, Yona

Wild Light - Selected Poems

tr. Linda Zisquit, publ. Sheep Meadow Press - 74 pp. pb.
"Yona Wallach speaks about a mystical light, which she distinguishes from the light of day; this mystical "wild light", which bestows "understanding of the doubleness within her", is a light that takes darkness into account (the dimension in which things are other than themselves and nameless), and only in this synthetic light ("artificial daylight") can one grasp things as general and particular, as nameless and possessors of name and meaning." (Aharon Shabtai)

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WILLIAMS, Waldo

The Peacemakers
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tr. Tony Conran, publ. Gwasg Gomer. Bilingual - 214 pp. pb.
One of the great Welsh poets of the last century, with roots in Wordsworth and Coleridge, Waldo Williams was a Christian pacifist, proud of his Welshness and very much against male domination of society. These translations make the poems accessible to English speakers in a way that enables them to appreciate their beauty.

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WOUTERS, Liliane

Rocking to the North Wind
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tr. Anne-Marie Glasheen, publ. Dedalus Press. Bilingual - 104 pp. pb.
One of Belgium's greatest contemporary poets, Wouters' themes are faith, God, the Promised Land and the Bible - and inner conflicts and her sense of isolation. She has won many awards, including Belgium's Grand Prix de Poésie.

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YANG LIAN

Where the Sea Stands Still

tr. Brian Holton, publ. Bloodaxe Books. Bilingual - 192 pp. pb. Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation
Before and after his enforced exile, Yang Lian has been one of the most innovative, influential poets in China. A highly individual voice in world literature, he has been canvassed as a Nobel Prize candidate.

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ZAMORA, Daisy

Life for Each
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tr. Dinah Livingstone, publ. Katabasis. Bilingual - 70 pp.
Daisy Zamora was a Sandinista combatant during the Revolution, after which she became Vice Minister of Culture. Life for Each shows the generous scope and single-minded coherence of a poet whose involvement in politics arises naturally out of ordinary human warmth and her passionate personal world.

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ANTHOLOGIES, etc.

20th. CENTURY FRENCH POEMS
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Kaddour

ed. Stephen Romer, publ.Faber & Faber - 178pp. pb
Stephen Romer has gathered together around 200 poems which provide an ideal introduction and guide to the extraordinary diversity of poetry in French in the last century. The first poem here was written in 1903 and the last in 1999, so the selection spans the entire period, revisiting the justly famous and introducing much newer voices for the first time.

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A BALKAN EXCHANGE - 8 poets from Bulgaria and Britain

ed. W.N.Herbert, publ.Arc Publications. Bilingual - 153pp. pb
This anthology maps a singular encounter between two groups of poets, one based in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, the other in the North East of England. Over a period of four years, these eight poets, working together as writers, editors and teachers, maintained a creative dialogue. The result is a diverse body of work including original poetry and new translations.

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ALL MY YOUNG YEARS - Yiddish Poetry from Weimar Germany

A.N.Stecl, tr. Haike Beruriah Wiegand & Stephen Watts, publ.Five Leaves. Bilingual - 245pp. pb
A.N.Stencl arrived in Britain from Germany in 1936. His poetry was admired by Thomas Mann and Arnold Zweig, among others, and published in Yiddish and German. Stencl settled in London where he founded the literary journal Kisgb yb kebb (Language and Life) which he edited until his death.

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ALTERED STATE - The New Polish Poetry
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ed. Rod Mengham, Tadeusz Pióro & Piotr Szymor, publ.Arc Publications. Bilingual - 245pp. pb
This anthology breaks new ground in the English-speaking world by publishing translations of poems by Polish writers all under the age of forty-five. Practically all the work in this selection was written in the post-communist period, but in cultural historical terms it reflects the evolution of a sensibility that began to emerge in the mid-1980s, when Polish poetry was being realigned contentiously with newly visible traditions of European and American writing.

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ANGLO-SAXON POETRY
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tr. & ed. S.A.J.Bradley, publ.Everyman - 590pp. pb
Anglo-Saxon poetry was circulated orally in a pre-literate society, and gathered into books over some six centuries before the Norman Conquest. Some of these books still survive! This anthology of prose translations covers most of the surviving poetry with its sophisticated exploration of the human condition in a mutable, finite but wonderfully diverse and meaning-filled world.

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ANGLO-SAXON RELIGIOUS VERSE ALLEGORIES
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tr. Louis J. Rodrigues, publ. Llanerch. Bilingual - 115pp. pb
This is the final work in the translator's series of Anglo-Saxon Verse Specimens rendered into Modern English, and it has been aimed at the widest possible readership. The poems are from The Exeter Book.

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ANGLO-SAXON VERSE CHARMS, MAXIMS & HEROIC LEGENDS
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tr. Louis J. Rodrigues, publ. Llanerch. Bilingual - 166pp. pb
The Germanic tribes who settled in Britain during the 5th. and early 6th. centuries brought with them a store of heroic and folk traditions. In his scholarly but very poetic versions, Louis Rodrigues looks at some of these that were recorded in verse, and which have managed to furvive the depredations of time.

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AN ANGLO-SAXON VERSE MISCELLANY
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tr. Louis J. Rodrigues, publ. Llanerch. Bilingual - 246pp. pb
This miscellaneous selection of Anglo-Saxon verse with parallel English translations takes Dr. Rodrigues' work in this area towards completion. It includes selections from Beowulf and Judith, some of which have been published elsewhere, but others which are published here for the first time.

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Bloodaxe Book of MODERN WELSH POETRY
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ed. Menna Elfyn & John Rowlands, publ. Bloodaxe Books - 448pp. pb
This wide-ranging anthology of 20th-century Welsh-language poetry in English translation - by far the most comprehensive of its kind - will be a revelation for most readers. It will dispel the romantic images of Welsh poets as bards or druids and blow away any preconceived mists of Celtic twilight. This poetry is full of vitality, combining old craftsmanship and daring innovation, humour and angst, the oral and the literary.

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CLASSICAL WOMEN POETS
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Proba
Sulpicia

tr. Josephine Balmer, publ. Bloodaxe Books - 158pp. pb
Josephine Balmer's translations breathe life into long-lost works by over a dozen poets from early Greece to the late Roman empire, including Sappho, Corinna, Erinna and Sulpicia, as well as inscriptions, folk-songs and even graffiti. Each poet is introduced by a brief bibliographical note, and where necessary her poems are annotated to guide readers through unfamiliar mythological or historical references.

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THE COLONNADE OF TEETH - Modern
Hungarian Poetry


ed. George Szirtes & George Gömöri, publ. Bloodaxe Books - 224pp. pb. Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation
"The Hungarians have a body of 20th. century poetry to rival any, and The Colonnade of Teeth ... makes a book any poetry lover would savour with delight." (Elaine Feinstein)

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CONTEMPORARY FINNISH POETRY
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tr. Herbert Lomas, publ. Bloodaxe Books - 296pp. pb. Poetry Book Society Translation Award
Traces the history of post-war Finnish poetry, with the most space given to the two major Finnish poets, Haavikko and Saarikoski. "The most brilliant and exciting anthology I've ever read." (Anne Born, Ambit)

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CRAEFT - translations from Anglo-Saxon

tr. Graham Holderness, publ. Shoestring Press - 70 pp. pb. Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation
Graham Holderness is author, co-author or editor of 28 critical books on modern and Renaissance literature and drama. His poems and verse translations have been published in academic and poetry journals. His translations from Anglo-Saxon poetry have appeared in various magazines and reviews.

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ENCOUNTERS

tr. Dannie Abse, publ. Hearing Eye - 24pp. thread-sewn, wrappers.
"Dannie Abse has gathered nine literary encounters with foreign poems he has admired. He has departed, sometimes more, sometimes less, from the originals (by Pushkin, Rilke, Brecht, et al.) to produce new poems that are vivid and successful in English."

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EVE BLOSSOM HAS WHEELS
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Anon 12c,
Goethe
Kstner
Morgenstern
v.d.Vogelweide

German Love Poetry, selected & tr. Keith Bosley, publ.Libris - 112 pp. pb
A collection that spans 8 centuries, with examples of German (and some Austrian & Swiss) love poetry from the Minnesnger through Baroque and Romanticism to the modern voices of the 20th. century.

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FABER BOOK OF 20th. CENTURY ITALIAN POEMS


ed. Jamie McKendrick, publ. Faber & Faber - 167pp. pb.
A stimulating sift through the key poets and poems of this fascinating period in European literature.

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FAINT HARPS AND SILVER VOICES:
Selected Translations




tr. Christopher Middleton, publ. Carcanet Press - 246pp. pb.
Christopher Middleton has been making translations for more than forty years: they are part of his poetic project. He brings us poetry from German, French, Swedish, Spanish, Arabic, Turkish and other languages, and from many ages - mediaeval to the present. His approach to each poem is 'appropriate': his rule is to be true to the things that make a poem unique.

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FFINIAU BORDERS read extracts:
ap Hywel
Davies

Elin ap Hywel & Grahame Davies, tr. by the poets, publ.Gwasg Gomer - 80 pp. pb A fascinating collection of poems by Elin ap Hywel and Grahame Davies, two fine well-established contemporary Welsh poets, with their own translations. It covers a wide range of subjects, from mythology to cultural identity, with wit, charm and insight - a product of the very lively artistic community in Wales today.

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A FINE LINE
- new poetry from E.
& C. Europe

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Cepauskaite
Ehin
Nicolaie
Solotruk
Térey
Verdins

ed. Jean Boase-Beier, Alexandra Büchler & Fiona Sampson - publ.Arc Publications - 270 pp. pb
"These writers were mostly students or even at school when their Communist regimes perished; the war and the post-war Stalinist terror happened to their grandparents. ... The encounters with Western abundance gives them fresh imagery, but also grounds for amusement and irony. ... This is a poetry of wit and complexity, never raw but always glowing with human feeling." Neil Ascherson

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FIVE SWEDISH POETS
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Aspenström
Espmark
Sjögren
Söderblom
Ström

selected & tr. Robin Fulton, publ.Norvik Press - 199 pp. pb
A personal selection of poems from five of the most exciting of contemporary Swedish poets, translated by Robin Fulton, who has won wide acclaim for his distinguished work as a poet and editor and for his translations.

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FOUND IN TRANSLATION
- 100 Years of Modern
Hebrew Poetry

tr. Robert Friend, publ. Menard Press - 144 pp. pb.
Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation.

Versions by a distinguished poet and translator of twenty Hebrew poets including such prominent figures as H.N.Bialik, David Vogel, Leah Goldberg and Yehuda Amichai.

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FRENCH LOVE POEMS
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Tristan l'Hermite
Voltaire

tr. Alistair Elliot, publ. Bloodaxe Books - 94 pp. pb.
Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation.

"Elliot is both a passionate and accurate translator ... his natural lyricism and acute sense of form make his French translations a scintillating collection." (Elizabeth Jennings) 35 poems, covering five centuries.

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FROM NOW TO THEN
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Heine
Lessing

tr. W.D.Jackson, publ. Menard Press - 291 pp.
The second instalment of a three-part work in progress, of which "Then and Now" is the first.

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FROM THE LABYRINTH
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Gerness
Wat

publ. Ars Interpres Publications - 239 pp.
An International Journal of Poetry, Translation & Art

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IKINCI YENI
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Ayhan
Berk
Cansever
Süreya
Uyar

tr. George Messo, publ. Shearsman Books - 166 pp. pb.
"In the mid 1950s a small but energetic group of young Turkish poets exploded into creative life. Their vivid, cosmopolitan experimentalism sent shock waves through the literary establishment. ... Turkish poetry would never be the same again."

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INTERLAND
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Andtbacka
Hautala
McKay

tr. various, publ. Smith/Doorstop Books - 160 pp. pb.
Six writers from Yorkshire, England and Ostrobothnia, Finland set out on a writing and performance venture which they named Interland. This collaborative project has evolved into an anthology of poems, prose and photographs.

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AN ISLAND OF SOUND
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Mesterházi
Tóth

tr. various, publ. The Harvill Press - 445 pp. pb.
Leopard, an occasional anthology, embraces the work of outstanding writers from all over the world. An Island of Sound, published to celebrate the Hungarian Year of Culture (2003-4), presents a broad range of prose and poetry from the end of the Second World War through to 1989 - the year in which the ex-Soviet Union began to disintegrate irrevocably - and beyond.

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ITALIAN LANDSCAPE POEMS
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D'Annunzio
Leopardi
Petrarca

Selected & tr. Alistair Elliot, publ.Bloodaxe Books - 112 pp. pb
"Presents a view of Europe's changing attitudes to the stuff under its feet." (Translation Review)

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LAMPION AND HIS BANDITS
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tr. Augustus Young, publ. Menard Press - 78 pp. pb
"...introduces English readers to the world of the traditional bandits of the Brazilian Northeast, and ... to the world of the ballad-singers and the public which has kept their memory alive to this day ... the predicament of the poor is universal, as the readers of these ballads will discover". (Eric Hobsbawm)

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MUSIC WHILE DROWNING
German Expressionist Poems

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Schiele
Stramm
Trakl

tr. various, publ. Tate Publishing - 120 pp. hb
The poems of the expressionist era are among the masterpieces of 20c. literature. Music While Drowning brings together over 70 of these poems by major poets like Georg Trakl, painter-poets like Wassily Kandinsky and lesser-known writers including Anton Schnack. Compelling and evocative verses, many newly translated for this anthology, are interspersed with powerful woodcuts by key expressionist artists including Emil Nolde and Max Beckmann.

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NARROW STRAITS
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Baudelaire
Rimbaud
Valéry

Peter Dale, publ.Hippopotamus Press. Bilingual - 144 pp. cloth
A selection from 8 mainly 19.c. French poets, translated by a master.

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paperback version of above. Bilingual - 144 pp. pb
see above

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NEW FRENCH POETRY,
THE

David Kelley & Jean Khalfa (eds.), publ.Bloodaxe Books. Bilingual - 320 pp. pb
This book captures the excitement of one of the most challenging developments in French writing, the new metaphysical poetry which has become an influential strand in recent French literature.

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NEWORDER, Hungarian Poets of the post 1989 Generation
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Kemény
Borbély
Szabo
Tóth

ed. George Szirtes, publ. Arc Publications. Bilingual - 297 pp. pb
This first major gathering of the younger poets of Hungary witnesses to the poetics of a new post-1989 Europe. The poetics are still in the making but important poets appear and develop.

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NICARAGUAN EPIC, THE
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Carlos & Luis Enrique Mejía Godoy and Julio Valle-Castillo, tr. Dinah Washington, publ. Katabasis. Bilingual - 158 pp. pb
Part I is the Canto Epico to the Sandinista National Liberation Front, telling in song the story of the Revolution beginning in 1927 and ending with triumph in 1979. In Part II Julio Valle-Castillo's poems add another dimension to the epic. The poems are witty, reflective, authentic and moving, and with the Triumph they become euphoric.

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NIGHTINGALE QUESTION, THE
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Kirsten
Mauersberger
Reimann
Schenkel

5 poets from Saxony, tr. Tessa Ransford, publ. Shearsman Books. Bilingual - 106 pp. pb
"The poets collected here are inheritors of a very special tradition within GDR poetry. They were poets who mainly came to prominence in the 1960s ... their poetry was distinctive in many ways and brought the region round Leipzig powerfully to bear as a direct counter-pole to the excitement of Berlin." (Karen Leeder)

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ONE MAN BAND
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- Poems without words: James Kirkup, publ. Hub Editions - 113 pp. pb
"Of course, inevitably there are words in these poems without them. But they are not by any means the most important things ..."

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OTHER WORDS
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Essays on Poetry and Translation: Joseph P. Clancy, publ. University of Wales Press - 147 pp. pb
In this collection of informal related essays Joseph Clancy reflects on his experience of the interaction between writing and translating poetry, explores the nature of translation through examples of his own recent work and presents an outsider's perspective on the literature of Wales in both its languages.

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OUTPOSTS 180/181
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Verlaine
Rilke

Double Issue of New Poems & Translations - 168 pp. pb
Poems, Essays and Reviews, and a wide range of translations - translators include Tim Adès and Peter Dale - examples from this issue can be found under Verlaine and Rilke.

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OXYGEN
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Davies
ap Hywel
Morgan

tr. various, publ. seren (Poetry Wales Press) - 183 pp. pb
Celebrating the vitality of contemporary poetry from Wales, Oxygen provides an essential overview of recently established and newly-emerging talent. It is a heady and eclectic mix of poems in both languages from thirty of Wales' younger generation of poets, with translations accompanying the Welsh.

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THE PAGE AND THE FIRE

selected, translated & introduced by Peter Oram,
publ. Arc Publications - 88 pp. hb
"The turbulent lives and fates of the Russian people in the first half of the twentieth century are reflected and concentrated in the lives and works of the poets. ...This book ... provides a unique insight into the remarkable constellation of poets who emerged to create Russia's "Silver Age" of poetry, and who continued its development through the twentieth century."

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PARROTS, POETS, PHILOSOPHERS & GOOD ADVICE
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Martial
Persius
Spalatensis

tr. Raymond Geuss, publ. Hearing Eye - 88 pp. pb
Raymond Geuss, philosophy lecturer at Cambridge University and poet, "has gathered together a series of instructional poems on how to live based on the works of Plato, Juvenal, Euripides, (et al.), whose works appear in the original Latin and Greek alongside Geuss's contemporary equivalents."

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PEASANT POETS OF
SOLENTINAME, THE

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tr. Peter Wright, publ. Katabasis - 118 pp. pb
These poets were members of Ernesto Cardenale's island community on Lake Nicaragua, where the poetry workshop was set up in 1976. The community became increasingly involved in the liberation struggle and there are poems - some by the participants - telling the dramatic story of their assault on the National Guard barracks in San Carlos in 1977. In the final section we hear about their undaunted faith and hope in the Revolution.

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PENGUIN BOOK OF FRENCH POETRY
1820-1950

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Breton
Corbière
Leconte de Lisle
Prévert

prose tr. William Rees, publ. Penguin Classics. Bilingual - 854 pp. pb
This anthology contains generous selections from the established giants, but also draws attention to interesting 'minor poets', such as Claudel or Cendrars, whose writing has been vital to the evolution of poetry in France.

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PENGUIN BOOK OF GERMAN VERSE
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George
Gryphius
Rckert
Storm

prose tr. Leonard Forster, publ. Penguin Classics. Bilingual - 466pp. pb
Demonstrating the unusual and exciting way German poetry has evolved, this volume illustrates how, at times, traditions seem to have been lost and then re-created, while many of the poets included here ... seem to start afresh in a way no English poet has done since Chaucer.

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PENGUIN BOOK OF LIEDER
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Goethe
Heine
Mller

prose tr. S.S.Prawer, publ. Penguin Books. Bilingual - 201pp. pb
Contains the words of many of the best-known Lieder from Haydn to Hindemith. "If ever a book deserved the overworked adjective 'indispensable', here it is ... Desmond Shawe-Taylor in the Sunday Times)

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PENGUIN BOOK OF SPANISH VERSE
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Darío
Góngora
Valente

prose tr. J.M.Cohen, publ. Penguin Books. Bilingual - 596pp. pb
This anthology covers the two great flowerings of Spanish verse: the first, which lasted to the end of the 17. century, and the second, from the mid29.c. through the Spanish Civil War, to the present day. This 3rd. edition has been thoroughly revised and updated.

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POETS OF THE NICARAGUAN REVOLUTION
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tr.Dinah Livingstone, publ. Katabasis. Bilingual - 289pp. pb
Here are the guerrilla poets who fought and died for the Revolution. Here are the poets of the Sandinista government, of the young literacy teachers and from the poetry workshops that were set up all over the country. Here are the women poets ... and the long-respected veterans of Nicaraguan poetry.

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SAILOR'S HOME
read extracts - Duinker
read extracts - Kolbe
read extracts - Laugesen

tr. various, publ. Shearsman Books - 131 pp. pb
A Sailor's Home suggests many years of travel, cross-cultural contacts, a place of rest after too much time spent on the high seas. This particular Sailor's Home is a partial record of a private poetry festival held in London in October 2055 at which six poets, sailing in from six different languages, came together with a group of invited guests to read and discuss one other's work. This miscellany of the work written for the occasion is presented in the original languages and in English translation.

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SIR GAWAIN & THE GREEN KNIGHT, PATIENCE, PEARL
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tr. Marie Borroff, publ. W.W.Norton - 193 pp. pb
"These translations ... not only are one of the great achievements of the translator's craft but are works of art in their own right." (Lee Patterson, Prof. of English & Chairman of Medieval Studies, Yale University)

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SIR GAWAIN & THE GREEN KNIGHT
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tr. W.S.Merwin, publ. Bloodaxe Books, Bilingual - 171 pp. pb
Capturing the pace, impact and richly alliterative language of the original Middle English text - presented on facing pages - Merwin brings a new immediacy to a spellbinding, timeless narrative written centuries ago by a master poet whose identity has been lost to time.

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SIX BASQUE POETS

ed. Mari Jose Olaziregi
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tr. Amaia Gabantxo, publ. Arc Publications. 163pp. pb
"The six poets in this collection have played a defining role in the development of Basque-language poetry in the last thirty years, since the arrival of what we have come to refer to as the 'democratic age' in Spain and the Basque Country. They represent the diversity of voices and poetic schools that populate the contemporary Basque literary scene ..."

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SIX CZECH POETS
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Borkovec
Fischerová
Halmay

publ. Arc Publications - 148 pp.pb
"The third volume in the series of bilingual anthologies which brings the work of contemporary poets from Europe and beyond to a wider English-language readership, a series which aims to keep a finger on the here and now of international contemporary poetry."

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SIX LITHUANIAN POETS
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Aidas Marcenas
Sigitas Parulskis
Eugenijus Alisanka

publ. Arc Publications - 148 pp.pb
"This anthology introduces six poets who were born in the 1960s, when Lithuania was part of the Soviet Union, but who mostly started publishing after the country achieved independence in 1991. Unlike their predecessors, the poets of this generation are not concerned with political themes but rather with issues of aesthetics and existential quests."

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SIX POLISH POETS
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Anna Piwkowska
Darius Suska
Agnieszka Kuciak

publ. Arc Publications - 170 pp.pb
"This anthology features six poets of the younger generation whose first collections (with one exception) have been published in the past decade."

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SIX SLOVAK POETS
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Ján Buzássy
Daniel Hevier
Kamil Peteraj

publ. Arc Publications - 171 pp.pb
"... a densely woven, polythematic free verse representative of the poetics of a generation that has been central to Slovak literary life for four decades ..."

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SIX SLOVENIAN POETS

ed. Brane Mozetic
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tr. various, publ. Arc Publications. 88pp. pb
"The six poets represented here - three men and three women - are all under forty, have all been published for the first time within the past decade, and all (though in very different ways) break with, and re-evaluate, the Slovenian literary tradition."

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SIXTY-FIVE ANGLO-SAXON RIDDLES
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tr. Louis J. Rodrigues, publ. Llanerch. Bilingual - 147pp. pb
This is an entirely new edition of Louis Rodrigues' first book in the series Anglo-Saxon Verse Specimens rendered into Modern English. Various solutions to the riddles are suggested.

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SKATING ON THE SEA
Poetry from Finland

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tr. Keith Bosley, publ. Bloodaxe Books - 272 pp. pb
The first-ever anthology in English translation of Finnish poetry from earliest times to the present day, with poetry in Finnish and Swedish.

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TEN RUSSIAN POETS

ed. Richard McKane, publ. Anvil Press - 266 pp. pb
This original anthology traces a century of Russian poetry, taking us through the turbulent decades from 1900 to 2000 with poets of stature who reflected or recorded their times. It combines work by famous and lesser known (outside Russia) poets, some never previously published in English, through the medium of six translators, who also contribute biographical and historical notes. The one unnamed poet is the writer from the Arsenal Mental Prison Hospital in the 1970s, whose anguished, affecting verse, in a little book bound in elastoplast, was smuggled out of the hospital. These are poems that will continue to survive.

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THEN AND NOW
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tr. W.D.Jackson, publ. Menard Press - 291 pp.
Begun in the north of England in 1981, Then and Now constitutes the first - self-contained - instalment of an extended work-in-progress on the subject of history and individual freedom. Consisting of translations, quotations and notes as well as original poetry, the sequence proceeds by adopting and adapting personal, cultural, political and (not least) literary history in the step-by-step creation of a Borgesian 'imaginary identity' - or mind's-eye view - or (to adopt/adapt an idea of Joseph Brodsky's) a moving picture of both viewer and view ... Alternatively, the reader is free to conduct his or her side of the dialogue which the author believes any book - unless it is to remain a lifeless object - inevitably is, by approaching the individual poems and translations separately. "From Now to Then" is the second instalment.

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THE SEA! THE SEA!
read extracts - Hugo
read extracts - Corbière
read extracts - Gongóra

various poets & translators, publ. Anvil Press - 175 pp. pb
... entertainingly blends poems ancient and modern, well-known and unfamiliar, solemn and light-hearted. As well as English language poets, the book includes a light seasoning of Spanish and French poems to commemorate their countrymen's part in the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar, whose anniversary this book commemorates.

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TWENTY POETS FROM ARGENTINA

tr. Andrew Graham-Yooll, publ. Redbeck Press - 107 pp. pb
Poetry of the 1990's, selected by Daniel Samoilovich and the translator.

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THE SUN UNWOUND
Original texts from Occupied America

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tr. Edward Dorn & Gordon Brotherston, publ.North Atlantic Books. Bilingual - 269 pp. pb
The Sun Unwound gathers together the disparate voices of oppressed Americans through the centuries: the hymns, songs and prayers of Mesoamericans and other native peoples; the verse of eight Latin American guerrillas of the 1960s; and works by three of Latin America's most important avant-garde poets of the 20c.

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TWO SKIES
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Rozewicz

publ. Ars Interpres Publications - 328 pp.
An International Journal of Poetry, Translation & Art

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WHAT I OWN
Versions of Hölderlin & Mandelshtam


tr. John Riley & Tim Longville, publ.Carcanet Press - 128 pp.pb .....Poetry Book Society Recommendation
"We were trying to make poems in English which, to whatever extent in different cases proved possible, would provide equivalents because we were sufficiently Pound's disciples to feel that sometimes the truth of the original poem could best be rendered by what a literalist might read as a lie." (Tim Longville)

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WHEN THEN IS NOW
Versions of Euripides & Sophocles


by Brendan Kennelly. - publ.Bloodaxe Books - 212 pp.pb
Modern versions of three Greek tragedies. All three plays dramatise timeless human dilemmas as relevant now as they were in ancient times. All focus on women whose lives are torn apart by war, family conflict and despotic regimes.

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WHEN THE TUNNELS MEET
Contemporary Romanian Poetry

tr. 10 leading Irish poets, publ.Bloodaxe Books - 112 pp. pb
Ten leading Irish poets (inc. Heaney, Kennelly and Muldoon) have produced their own distinctive versions of ten leading Romanian poets (inc. Blandiana, Dinescu, Sorescu).

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