Fleur Adcock began writing the poems in this book when she was 82. The two chief settings are New Zealand, with its multi-coloured seas, and Britain, seen in various decades, plus foreign travels, flirtations, family memories, and a sequence in memory of her friend, the poet Roy Fisher.
John Agard has been broadening the canvas of British poetry for the past 40 years with his mischievous, satirical fables which overturn all our expectations. His ninth Bloodaxe collection, Border Zone, explores a far-reaching canvas of British/Caribbean transatlantic connections, sweeping across centuries and continents.
Fairoz is a a powerful portrayal of human vulnerability, a book-length poetry sequence in which Moniza Alvi explores an imagined teenage girl's susceptibility to extremism. The book's fragmented, collaging narrative draws together fairytale elements, glimpses of Fairoz's thoughts, and pieces of dialogue.
Diana Anphimiadi is one of the most widely revered Georgian poets of her generation. Her boldly inventive work reflects an exceptionally curious mind and glides between classical allusions and surreal imagery. She revivifies ancient myths and tests the reality of our senses against the limits of sense. Georgian-English dual language edition.
The poems in Claire Askew's electrifying second collection concern witches, outsiders, and women who don't fit into society. The settings range from London buses and Edinburgh alleyways to the streets of Salem, Massachusetts. Also a novelist, Askew is known for her award-winning DI Birch Scottish crime series published by Hodder.
Staying Human is the latest addition to Bloodaxe's Staying Alive series of world poetry anthologies which have introduced many thousands of new readers to contemporary poetry. This fourth volume in the series offers poetry lovers an even broader, international selection, with a strong focus on 21st-century poems addressing current issues.
Staying Alive is an international anthology of 500 life-affirming poems fired by belief in the human and the spiritual at a time when much in the world feels unreal, inhuman and hollow. These are poems of great personal force connecting our aspirations with our humanity, helping us stay alive to the world and stay true to ourselves.
Being Alive is the sequel to Neil Astley's Staying Alive, which became Britain's most popular poetry book because it gave readers hundreds of thoughtful and passionate poems about living in the modern world.
The third book in the Staying Alive poetry trilogy. Staying Alive and its sequel Being Alive have introduced many thousands of new readers to contemporary poetry. Being Human is a companion volume to those two books - a world poetry anthology offering poetry lovers an even broader, international selection of 'real poems for unreal times'.
How might poetry help us articulate the body in illness, in work, and in love? Tiffany Atkinson's fourth collection includes her sequence 'Dolorimeter', which takes fragments of speech and found text from a hospital residency to pay homage to the inventiveness and humour of patients and staff in meditations on the notion that pain resists language.
Annemarie Austin's vividly imaginative poems explore other worlds and other lives, drawing upon her own memories and experiences, as well as on art, travel, dream, myth, history and literature. Shall We Go? is her eighth book of poetry, following her Bloodaxe retrospective, Very: New & Selected Poems (2008) and later collection Track (2014).
Substantial retrospective drawing on the life's work of a distinguished poet celebrating his 80th year, with a new sequence bridging three centuries to evoke the voice of the Quaker James Nayler, who was abominably punished for 'horrid blasphemy'. Poetry Book Society Special Commendation.