The High Window Press

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The High Window Press, founded in 2015, is a small press dedicated to publishing high quality collections of poetry. It receives no funding and has no wish to do so. It is therefore entirely independent. The editor will consider  submissions from emerging and established talents. He is particularly keen to publish the work of poets who, although they may have a good track record over many years, have not necessarily achieved the recognition they deserve. All currently available titles can be browsed here.

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Submissions: Before contacting The High Window about the possibility of publishing your book, you must read its terms, conditions and guidelines. You will find them here.

PLEASE NOTE, HOWEVER,  THAT THE HIGH WINDOW PRESS IS CURRENTLY REVIEWING ITS PROCEDURES AND THAT IT WILL NOT BE CONSIDERING NEW PROJECTS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

However, it has had a limited a limited number of projects in productions, including Slippage, Poems 2013-2018, a new collected edition of David Cooke’s more recent collections. Details of two new collections by Shaun Traynor and Roger Elkin will be announc ed shortly.

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New Books for December 2020

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David Cooke: Slippage, Poems 2013 – 2018

Slippage, Poems 2013-2018, brings together the contents of three full collections published over a five year period and is an ideal introduction to Cooke’s work. It dovetails neatly into A Slow Blues, Poems 1972-2012, which is also available from The High Window Press.

‘He has an innate poetic ability to stud the everyday, the unpretentious, with telling little details, perfectly nuanced turns of phrase, that cumulatively vouchsafe the collection’s ability to linger in the reader’s mind.’  Neil Fulwood, London Grip

‘Cooke is canny at keeping his language smart and direct (no self-indulgent meanderings), and the pacing of the poems fluid and unfaltering.’ Neil young, The Interpreter’s House

‘… a welcome lack of showiness.’  John Greening, Times Literary Supplement

Cooke’s lyrical insight and precision make the personal universal.’
Poetry Book Society Bulletin

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Previously published and still available

Alice Allen: Daylight of SeagullsDaniel Bennett: West South North North South EastKen Champion: Of Course, the Yellow CabKitty Coles: Visiting HoursBelinda Cooke: StemDavid Cooke: A Slow Blues, Poems 1972-2012 • Anthony Costello: Angles & Visions • Anthony Costello (editor): Four American Poets • John Duffy: The Edge of SeeingSteve Ely: Bloody, proud and murderous men, adulterers and enemies of GodNorton Hodges: Bare Bones • Wendy Holborow: Janky Tuk Tuks • Anthony Howell: From Inside • Anthony Howell: Songs of Realisation Antony Johae: Ex- ChangesWendy Klein: Out of the Blue, Selected PoemsTom Laichas: Empire of EdenMichael Lesher: SurfacesPatricia McCarthy: Trodden Before • Alison Mace: Man at the Ice HouseTim Miller: Bone Antler Stone • Tim O’Leary: The Unmaking Michael Onfray: Before Silence, a year’s Haiku (trans.by Helen May Williams. Bilingual French/English) Bethany Pope: DustAlan Price: Wardrobe Blues for a Japanese Lady • Alan Price: The Trio Confessions James Russell: Wounded Light • Frances Sackett: Cradle of Bones • Mario Susko: End PhraseMarina Tsvetaeva: Forms of Exile: Selected Poems (trans. by Belinda Cooke)Margaret Wilmott: Man Walking on Water with Tie AskewJames W. Wood: The Emigrant’s Farewell • James W. Wood: Building a Kingdom, New and Selected Poems 1989-2019 • Martin Zarrop: Is Anyone There?James W. Wood: Building a Kingdom, New and Selected Poems 1989-2019

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New Books for Summer 2020

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Michael Onfray: Before Silence, a year’s Haiku, translated by Helen May Williams (Bilingual French/English)

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When Michel Onfray commenced writing his first haiku, he was not to know that this would be a year of grief and mourning, as his partner of twenty-seven years, Marie-Claude, would die of cancer during the course of the year. The resultant text faces his sense of loss with honesty and dignity; it reveals an individual experiencing the stark sense of being and nothingness pertinent to us all. Normally a fluent and prolific author, here Onfray chooses a poetic utterance a heart-beat away from silence.

Michel Onfray is the author of around fifty books, translated in thirty countries. In 2002, he founded the free Popular University of Caen. In 2016, he launched his independent, online TV channel: michelonfray.com.

Helen May Williams is a literary critic, poet, and novelist. She lives in West Wales and blogs at: helenmaywilliams.wordpress.com.

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Alan Price: The Trio Confessions

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The Trio Confessions consists of three parts. Twenty-seven poems (three each) by Rainer Maria Rilke, Salvatore Quasimodo, Li-Po, Giuseppe Ungaretti, Du-Fu, Eugenie Montale, Arthur Rimbaud, Charles Baudelaire and Wang Wei, followed by Alan’s English versions and a short quatrain in response to them.

‘You feel that Price has a real love of these poets, and has sought to get to the heart, the breath of each poem and bring it vividly to life…a beautifully thought-out and elegant collection’ – Louise Warren.

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Antony Johae: Ex- Changes

Antony Johae’s Ex-Changes returns the reader to the author’s childhood memory of the end of the Second World War. It then moves forward to his post-war family connection with Germany in the 1960s, and to his two-year residence there in the next decade. There are poems exploring love affairs and others in which he looks at University life and learning in the 1970s and, more particularly, the influence of Dostoevsky and Kafka.

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Belinda Cooke: Stem

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Belinda Cooke’s Stem contains beautifully clean, fresh poems, that, very well honed, pierce at once to the heart of their meaning. Place names, whether in Scotland, England, Ireland, or even Russia, have a ring of their own and anchor her lines in a world where nothing is quite sure. Love changes, the loved one is ultimately unknowable, the individual often isolated, a home can be homeless, and yet a certain wonder shines through, along with a lust for living life to the full. The landscape and seascapes are woven into human lives. Childhood memories, and memories of growing up, tinged with Catholicism, in Ireland, are vividly and hauntingly depicted. Reality contrasted with the dream is charged with a questing implication. Shadows, ghosts, and past selves throng the pages yet ‘the rhythms remain’.  – Patricia McCarthy

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New Books for Spring 2020

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Kitty Coles: Visiting Hours

Kitty Coles lives in Surrey and works for a charity supporting disabled people. Her poems have been widely published in magazines and anthologies and have been nominated for the Forward Prize, Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Her debut pamphlet, Seal Wife (2017), was joint winner of the Indigo Dreams Pamphlet Prize. Visiting Hours is her first full collection. www.kittyrcoles.com

From reviews of Kitty Coles’s The Seal Wife

‘There are echoes of Freud, Kafka and Bettelheim in Kitty Coles’ remarkable debut collection, which won the Indigo Dreams Pamphlet Prize 2016. The imagery is frequently startling, the undercurrents frequently dark and unsettling. A memorable and impressive debut.’
– The Frogmore Papers

‘…by the second poem her changelings were creeping under my skin. A quiet horror permeates the collection…. The more I read of these legends and lore revisited the more I came by the impression that I could have just as easily been reading Carol Ann Duffy, because Kitty Coles too has that enviable talent of seeming to lull one with the predictable and then nudging one awake.’
– The Journal

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Martin Zarrop: Is Anyone There?

Martin Zarrop’s Is Anyone There? offers the reader witty and accessible poems, which often look back, imaginatively and movingly, on the past. Later poems reflect on the emotional implication of scientific and technological advances, how it really feels to live in the age of the smartphone and the satnav. The author is adept at a range of forms and tones, is capable of writing both humour and deeply moving elegy and, above all, one feels that here is a poet who really cares about the reader.  Jonathan Edwards

From reviews of Martin Zarrop’s previous collections

‘Written with a mathematician’s eye and a poet’s heart, these poems are wide-ranging and thoughtful, with a quiet and insistent energy moving through them.  The intersection of personal and world history is an on-going concern in this collection, and Martin Zarrop’s closely observed poems explore this with both tenderness and humour.

Kim Moore on Moving Pictures

What caught my attention was the shadows. Often the form and tone of the poem seems cheery enough, but a single detail turns everything inside out…Behind many of the poems, memories of the violent past flicker like old new reel. Terrible things have happened. You can hide from the facts, but they don’t go away.

Helena Nelson on No Theory of Everything

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Alice Allen: Daylight of Seagulls

‘Alice Allen spent her formative years in Jersey, and her poems are imbued with its landscape, language and people. The particular focus of Daylight of Seagulls is the occupation of the island during WWII and the bravery of its citizens in the face of invasion. But Allen’s poems offer more than a history retold – they are compassionate, lyrical, inventive, often taking on voices of ordinary men and women who’ve remained unheard. She unearths the island’s secrets and sets them in front of us – treasures from a bygone world. This is a beautiful debut from a poet who understands how to evoke the potency of place.’ Tamar Yoseloff

‘Like the granite of the islands, this collection glitters with facets, sharp-edged glints of many lives. Good writing of place is also about time; addressing a difficult history, these poems show how the past, especially the unspoken, lives in the present tense.’ Philip Gross

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Daniel Bennett: West South North North South East

In West South North, North South East, Daniel Bennett envisages landscapes of decay; urban Britain as a ruined, post-apocalyptic wasteland, haunted by its past, at odds with its present, fearful of its future; countryside and coast bound loosely together by mud and mildew. A hauntingly compelling collection from a distinctive and thought-provoking new voice.“ “In West South North, North South East, Daniel Bennett envisages landscapes of decay; urban Britain as a ruined, post-apocalyptic wasteland, haunted by its past, at odds with its present, fearful of its future; countryside and coast bound loosely together by mud and mildew. A hauntingly compelling collection from a distinctive and thought-provoking new voice.’ Ben Baynard

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Ken Champion:Of Course, the Yellow Cab

‘He is a poet of astonishing clarity. In simple language he shapes a poem that is distinctly his own. Nobody writes quite like ken Champion and his originality will make him endure. This seems to me like poetry that will never go out of fashion.’ Alan Dent, The Northern Review of Books

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David Cooke A Slow Blues,  Poems 1972-2012

‘Cooke’s sensibility is European in a way unusual for an English language poet. There is a fine sensuousness in the language … a book of unexpected, quiet pleasures.’
Catriona O Reilly, Poetry Salzburg Review

‘Cooke’s lyrical insight and precision make the personal universal.’
Poetry Book Society Bulletin

‘… a welcome lack of showiness.’
John Greening, Times Literary Supplement

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Anthony Costello Angles & Visions

The poems in Angles & Visions are all inspired by cinema. A life-long cineaste, Anthony Costello has been compelled, often in haunting and obsessive ways, to construct his own personal filmography and place it in the poetic present

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Anthony Costello (editor): Four American Poets

Four American Poets is a collection of incandescent poems about the experience of living in, and trying to understand, America. In streetwise ballads and searching monologues, Philip Fried, Nicole Callihan, Jay Passer and Michalle Gould reinvent form and stretch the boundaries of poetic language in their quest for truth and integrity in a dangerous and fragmented world.

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John Duffy: The Edge of Seeing

‘John Duffy’s The Edge of Seeing is a collection full of a deep-rooted love, one that finds its anchor in the sheer reliable physicality of the world and the universe it turns in. The poems range widely through Celtic legend, through revolutionary France and the schoolrooms and parlours of a Glasgow childhood. They move easily from the lyrical to the heft and swagger of Glasgow demotic speech. They are crowded with voices, and the felt observation of the natural world, its birds and its animals. They are, as he memorably writes of a new born fawn ‘as tough as mice / or daisies’. The edge of seeing a delight from beginning to end.’  John Foggin

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Steve Ely: Bloody, proud and murderous men, adulterers and enemies of God

Bloody, proud and murderous men, adulterers and enemies of God brings together for the first time Steve Ely’s recent poetry about violence. Addressing content that includes the First World War, the Falklands War, the Rwandan genocide, gangland vendettas, the violence of children and the process of colonialization that established the British state, Ely rejects simplistic responses, seeking rather to expose and understand the roles and causes of violence. Informed by a wide-ranging vision that takes in Pharaonic Egypt, York Castle, coal mining, American prison gangs, the Geneva Bible, neo-Nazi extremism, the Balkans’ conflict and the English education system, the book’s survey of human savagery ultimately finds hope in the potential of ordinary people to resist injustice and the coercive state.

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Norton Hodges: Bare Bones

Distinguished by their clarity and wry wisdom, the poems of Bare Bones, drawn from four earlier collections, explore the aspirations of the men who returned from the Second World War and their determination to build a brighter future for their children. In poems that are accessible, eloquent and unfailingly authentic, Norton Hodges evokes the consequences for his generation of better education and wider opportunities, aware that losing sight of one’s roots can become self-destructive and that, in the end, what will help to pick up the pieces are: love, dancing, silence, simplicity, ‘small contentments’, and accepting  ‘the way the river writes.

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Wendy Holborow: Janky Tuk Tuks

‘Wendy Holborow has done it once again with a splendid new collection, her most ambitious yet, based on her recent visits to India and Africa. It contains a ‘fabulous rabble’ of rattling good poems, and a chilling short fiction, ‘Ngozi’, which has a twist guaranteed to shake us out of our habitual complacency about the endemic refugee crises not only in Africa, but around the world. This is no mere word-painting or poetry tourism, although difference is celebrated and the poems are full of wordplay and relish of language for its own sake – ‘janky tuk tuks’, which refer to Indian scooter-taxis, and the ‘nielloed silver’ of the Nile are just two memorable examples – and she ingeniously mixes traditional verse forms, open field and concrete poetry to convey the richness of the encounter between her imagination and different cultures.’ Professor John Goodby

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Anthony Howell From Inside

Anthony Howell is a poet and novelist whose first collection of poems, Inside the Castle was brought out in 1969. A former dancer with the Royal Ballet, he is also a performance artist.  In 1986 his novel In the Company of Others was published by Marion Boyars. Another novel Oblivion was published in 2006 by Grey Suit editions. In 1997 he was short-listed for a Paul Hamlyn Award for his poetry. His poems have appeared in The Guardian, The TLS and The Spectator. His versions of the poems of Statius were well received and his versions of Fawzi Karim were a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for 2011.

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Anthony Howell: Songs of Realisation

Anthony Howell is a poet and novelist whose first collection of poems, Inside the Castle was brought out in 1969. A former dancer with the Royal Ballet, he is also a performance artist.  In 1986 his novel In the Company of Others was published by Marion Boyars. Another novel Oblivion was published in 2006 by Grey Suit editions. In 1997 he was short-listed for a Paul Hamlyn Award for his poetry. His poems have appeared in The Guardian, The TLS and The Spectator. His versions of the poems of Statius were well received and his versions of Fawzi Karim were a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for 2011.

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Wendy Klein: Out of the Blue, Selected Poems

‘With passion and immense technical control, Wendy Klein’s Out of the Blue takes us from the Cuba of Hemingway and Viva la revolución, to Jackson Pollock and Disney’s Cinderella, Ho Chi Minh and the Laugharne of Dylan Thomas. Blue is indeed the colour of wisdom in these inspiring poems of twentieth century history, and nowhere more powerfully than in the stories of the poet’s own family.’ William Bedford

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Tom Laichas: Empire of Eden

‘Tom Laichas has gone back to the beginning and given us a real gift. Empire of Eden retells our earliest stories so completely that I felt as if I was encountering them for the first time. An unforgettable book of poetry that risks the most daring creation and succeeds.’  Tim Miller, author of Hymns & Lamentations and Bone Antler Stone

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Michael Lesher: Surfaces

Michael Lesher’s Surfaces is a celebration of what might be called the central paradox of poetry: that every attempt to plumb the depths of lived experience must begin, and end, in the impenetrable surface world of words printed on paper. Somehow, the shape of a collection of letters placed on a page, and the sounds they produce when pronounced, have to convey a sense of the most inward levels of experience.

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Patricia McCarthy: Trodden Before

‘Patricia McCarthy is a serious poet and a seriously good one. Trodden Before touches deeply on a wide-ranging history, adding the author’s own special imaginative warmth to the strange and challenging story of Colonel McCarthy. The story begins in Ireland in 1916 and moves from there across the globe, touching on her personal experience in the East. It is a journey beautifully told and worth following and the technical skill of the poet, applied with delicacy and grace, colours the tale with rhyme, half-rhyme and a widely-ranging linguistic awareness. The result is a subtly musical and enchanting mix of fact and fiction. A rich addition to Patricia’s already substantial achievement.’ John F Deane, founder of Poetry Ireland

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Alison Mace: Man at the Ice House

‘A welcome full first collection from Alison Mace. Poems about family relationships, and by implication love and loss, are delicately and minutely observed and felt. She writes fearlessly on ageing and death, but these are not mournful poems – rather they are truthful and moving. Mace is skilled in sustained verse form and also subtle in her use of it, as, for example, rhymes and half-rhymes which make their impact within lines as surely as they do when they appear as line endings. Included is a long novelistic sequence set in New England – an absorbing tour de force commemorating the long life of her American aunt.’
Joy Howard, Editor, Grey Hen Press

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Tim Miller: Bone Antler Stone 

Passing through more than thirty thousand years of history, the poems of Bone Antler Stone are a panorama of Europe from the painted caves of Chauvet and Lascaux to contact with Greece and Rome. The changing spiritual and material lives of the earliest Europeans are vividly imagined through their artwork, burials, architecture, and their interaction with the landscape, the seasons, and one another.

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Tim O’Leary: The Unmaking

‘True poetry has the intellectual and formal rigour to tell us stories of the way we live. In Tim O’Leary’s Manganese Tears, there are wonderful elegies for the village community og the poet’s childhood, and most powerfully the slow dying of his mother whose ‘life has moved downstairs / with the vase of shrivelling daffodils’ and the limited horizons where ‘Each kiss is a kiss goodbye’. The grieving is genuine, but what makes it especially moving is the intellectual honesty, for the poet his mother’s ‘thankyous’ meaning ‘as much as / amens muttered during mass— / religiously bare’. Even for friends in the village, refusing o admit they were ever ill ‘the steel is in their gazes, / and the gaze at the abyss’. Love is what holds personal and communal life together, as the chemical element Manganese holds together the health of both body and brain. But with tears.’ William Bedford on Manganese Tears

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Bethany Pope: Dust

‘Like a seed that lodges in the brain and slowly germinates, the deeper meanings emerge gradually long after the final sonnet has been read.’ Jonathan Doyle, New Welsh Review

‘Pope’s writing has an intensely visual quality. Her use of imagery is strong – often unflinchingly so.’ Neil Fulwood, Stride

‘In Bethany W Pope’s A Radiance darkness and light play before the eyes with extraordinary and often disturbing effect.’ Sarah Cole, New Welsh Review

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Alan Price: Wardrobe Blues for a Japanese Lady

Alan Price was born in Liverpool and now lives in Camden, London. He is an ex-librarian, poet, scriptwriter, short story writer, film critic for the online Filmuforia and blogger at alanprice69.wordpress.com. Two stories were broadcast on Radio 3 and published, with others, in his 1999 collection The Other Side of the Mirror (Citron Press). A TV film, A Box of Swan, was broadcast on BBC2 in 1990. He has scripted five short films. The last one, Pack of Pain (2010), won four international film festival awards. Alan’s debut collection of poetry Outfoxing Hyenas was published by Indigo Dreams in 2012. His pamphlet of prose poems Angels at the Edge (Tuba Press) appeared in 2016. And the chapbook, Mahler’s Hut was published in 2017.

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James Russell: Wounded Light 

‘Russell has hit upon is a pleasing blend of the imagination working with the stuff of the real world…. Coming through virtually every line of the poem there is a poet’s delight and sometimes bemusement in and with the pains and pleasures and potentials of ordinary life and language coupled with a sense of what a poem and its reader can do without recourse to either bland commonplaces or as-good-as-unreadable “innovative” strategies. My God, it’s a breath of fresh air. 
Martin Stannard on Properly Nuanced

Strong, compulsive, often brilliant, never less than buoyantly intelligent, full-on, mostly and rightly comfortless, impressively rangy and full of involving stuff from underneath the arches and wilder reaches of a prickly brain. Most contemporary poetry is dull and preachy by comparison. John Kerrigan on Arnos Grove

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Frances Sackett: Cradle of Bones

‘Sensuous, painterly and compassionate, with a good ear and an uncommon lightness of touch, she handles the language with sureness, and a relish for the subtle reverberations of sound and sense.’ New Welsh Review

‘The imagination that informs this varied collection is both dramatic and painterly, the poetry that of a cultivated mind and sensibility, which reveals the unexpected from differing angles of vision.’ Jill Farringdon – Poetry Wales

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Mario Susko: End Phrase

‘Susko leaves his readers with no easy answers. We must weigh dozens of opposing concepts in our own minds, and decide for ourselves what to keep and what to let go,
to construct a self-defined sense of security in a disquieting world… It is a small comfort, but at least it is a real one. Mario Susko’s poems make no false promises,
but instead offer authentic experiences and, yes, pleasures.’ Amy Schrader

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Marina Tsvetaeva: Forms of Exile: Selected Poems (trans. byBelinda Cooke)

‘This collection is valuable for its steady faithfulness to the original, its breadth of poems, and in particular for so many of the pre-revolutionary poems.’ Emily Lygo, Modern Poetry in Translation 2009

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Margaret Wilmott: Man Walking on Water with Tie Askew

‘Margaret Wilmot writes like a true citizen of the world. She writes with a gleaming, persistent sense of wonder. Small, yet vital details are spotted, pondered and
brought into the spotlight of her keen gaze, becoming poignant, whimsical and deeply
significant in turn. This collection breathes with her dazzling use of language, and what I can only define as a sort of heightened energy underpinned by an indefinable sense of spirituality. It is a unique and welcome addition to a sometimes rather tired contemporary poetry scene.’ Wendy Klein

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James W. Wood: The Emigrant’s Farewell

The Emigrant’s Farewell tells of the migrant Scots who made Canada their home. Updating the traditional Scots ballad, the poem weaves together stories of imaginary immigrants from the nineteenth, twentieth and early twenty-first centuries to ask questions about how immigrants change and are changed by the cultures they inhabit. As Canada grows, the poem asks us to remember those “whose names have died/yet live on in the streets and cities of this place” – the Scots, whose pioneering activities gave birth to so many of Canada’s institutions but who are now broadly forgotten.

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James W. Wood: Building a Kingdom, New and Selected Poems 1989-2019

‘James W Wood cares about the precision and possibilities of language and about honesty when dissecting the subtleties of human emotion, neither one to the exclusion of the other. His work is a pleasure to read and, when questioning or provocative, none the less pleasurable for that.’ Rob Mackenzie

‘James W. Wood is fired by an intense love of the art, informed by extensive study and a keen ear for cadence and phrase. He’s a key player in the new poetry life of Scotland, a dynamic member of the younger network, unafraid to speak out with grace, spirit and intelligence.’  Helena Nelson.

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