Chuang-Tzu and Prospero

Caleb Klaces on the improbable range of Christopher Middleton’s work Christopher Middleton Collected Later Poems Carcanet, £25.00   Christopher Middleton’s Collected Later Poems begins with something missing. The first poem, ‘For …

Returning an Echo

Peter Robinson on the aspirations of Derek Mahon’s ‘adaptations’ Derek Mahon Echo’s Grove Gallery, €22.50/€13.90 Derek Mahon’s ‘Echo’, subtitled ‘from the Latin of Ovid, Metamorphoses III, 356-402’, begins by explaining how …

Narrating from the Margins

Chrissy Williams Flying Into The Bear HappenStance £4.00 Fiona Moore The Only Reason for Time HappenStance £4.00 Tim Liardet Madame Sasoo Goes Bathing Shoestring £7.00 Shazea Quraishi The Courtesans Reply …

Everyday Odysseys

Clare Pollard Ovid’s Heroines Bloodaxe £9.95 Kate Tempest Brand New Ancients Picador £9.99   Ovid’s Heroides, written some time between 25 and 16 BCE, was pretty groundbreaking stuff. A series …

How Hard Can It Be?

Keston Sutherland The Odes to TL61P Enitharmon £8.99 Simon Jarvis Eighteen Poems Eyewear £12.99 Luke Kennard A Lost Expression Salt 12.99 Cherry Smyth Test, Orange Pindrop £9.99   Well before …

Rocking On and Off the Page

Paul Muldoon Songs and Sonnets Enitharmon, £9.99 Paul Muldoon The Word on the Street Faber, £12.99 Benjamin Zephaniah (Film directed by Pamela Robertson-Pearce) To Do Wid Me Bloodaxe, £12.00 Luke …

Frontiers Through Every Word

Abdellatif Laâbi  The Rule of Barbarism (Translated by André Naffis-Sahely) Island Position $12.00 Ingeborg Bachmann  Enigma: Selected Poems (Translated by Mike Lyons and Patrick Drysdale) Ariadne $16.00 Manuel Rivas  The Disappearance of …

The Passionate Transitory

Sam Riviere  81 Austerities Faber £9.99 William Letford  Bevel Carcanet £9.95 Oli Hazzard  Between Two Windows Carcanet £9.95 Andrew Bailey  Zeal Enitharmon £9.99   Internet, you have ruined poetry. Must I list the ways? …

History and Geography

Mark Ford (Editor) London: A History In Verse Bellknap/Harvard $35.00 Jackie Kay, James Procter and Gemma Robinson (Editors) Out of Bounds: British Black & Asian Poets Bloodaxe £12.00   In …

Reshaping the Fable

Somhairle Macgill-Eain (Sorley Maclean) Caoir Gheal Leumraich / White Leaping Flame: Collected Poems (Edited by Christopher Whyte and Emma Dymock) Polygon £25.00   Gaelic for Scots who do not speak …