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Forty years of great poetry Carcanet Celebrates 40 Years... from Carcanet...

Iain Crichton Smith Elaine Feinstein Louise Gl端ck Jorie Graham W.S. Graham Robert Graves Ivor Gurney Marilyn Hacker Sophie


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Brigit Pegeen Kelly Thomas Hugh




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The connections and disconnections between British and American poetry have been the subject of recent debate, and Carcanet does its bit to keep the channels of transatlantic dialogue open. British poet Tom Raworth is as current in America as here; and American poetry continues to find British readers. John Ashbery for over three decades has been our cynosure; this catalogue features books by Louise Glück and Lucie Brock-Broido too. Canada appears on the Carcanet map, and the Antipodes, long a major concern, are everywhere to be found: Les Murray’s powerful new collection Taller When Prone, Judith Wright’s legendary Selected Poems with a new introduction by John Kinsella, and John Gallas’s Forty Lies re-mark the spot. The Caribbean is voiced in the poems of Kei Miller. Among our British writers, Fiona Sampson’s Rough Music and Elaine Feinstein’s Cities explore new territories, while Robert Saxton brings the ancient world of Hesiod before us. Elsewhere, Philip Terry detonates Shakespeare’s sonnets, disclosing their hitherto secret Oulipian affinities. Peter Sansom is essentialised and Selected; David Morley Enchants. A major anthology celebrates thirty-five years of Anthony Astbury’s Greville Press. The classic fiction of Ford Madox Ford is complemented by Gabriel Josipovici’s stories of this and other worlds. A poet and a visual artist enter into a rare collaboration in Cold Eye, the title evoking the older Yeats. The younger Yeats is revealed in a new edition by Edward Larrissy; and viewed literally are great contemporary writers in the brilliant portraits of Judith Aronson. Jody Allen Randolph’s radical interviews in Close to the Next Moment will revise the way we think and talk about modern Ireland. And after twenty years, The Nazarene Gospel Restored completes Carcanet’s programme of bringing the collected writings of Robert Graves into circulation. Please keep in touch with us by subscribing to our weekly e-letter, joining us on Facebook and Twitter, and enjoying the rich resources of text and sound available at As always we welcome your comments and suggestions. Michael Schmidt, Editorial & Managing Director

Contents 3 4

April W.B.Yeats, The First Yeats Nigel Forde, The Choir Outing

5 6 7

May Judith Aronson, Likenesses Louise Gl端ck, A Village Life Fiona Sampson, Rough Music

8 9 10

June Lucie Brock-Broido, Soul Keeping Company: Selected Poems Elaine Feinstein, Cities Tom Raworth, Windmills in Flames: Old and New Poems

11 12 13

July Anthony Astbury (ed.), A Greville Press Anthology John Gallas, Forty Lies Kei Miller, A Light Song of Light

14 15 16 17

August Environment at the Crossroads Anthony Rudolf, Zig Zag & John Whale, Waterloo Teeth Robert Saxton, Hesiod's Calendar Judith Wright, A Human Pattern: Selected Poems

18 19 20 21 22

September John Ashbery, Collected Poems 1956-1987 Jody Allen Randolph (ed.), Interviews from a Changing Ireland Peter Sansom, Selected Poems Philip Terry, Shakespeare's Sonnets Paul Hodgson and Dan Burt, Cold Eye

23 24 25

October Ford Madox Ford, Parade's End: Some Do Not . . . Gabriel Josipovici, Heart's Wings and other stories David Constantine et al. (eds.), Oxford Poets 2010: An Anthology

26 27 28

November David Morley, Enchantment Todd Swift and Evan Jones (eds.), Modern Canadian Poetry: An Anthology Les Murray, Taller When Prone


December Robert Graves and Joshua Podro, The Nazarene Gospel Restored

30-31 32-33 34 35 36

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W.B. Yeats

The First Yeats

Poems by W.B. Yeats 1889-1899 Edited with an introduction by Edward Larrissy W.B. Yeats (1865-1939) began writing poetry as a devotee of Blake, Shelley, the pre-Raphaelites, and of nineteenth-century Irish poets including James Clarence Mangan and Samuel Ferguson. By the end of his life, he had, as T.S. Eliot said, created a poetic language for the twentieth century. The First Yeats deepens our understanding of the making of that poetic imagination, reprinting the original texts of Yeats’s three early collections. The poems were subsequently heavily revised or discarded. Among them are some of the best-loved lyrics in English – ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’, ‘He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven’ – fresh and unfamiliar here in their original contexts, together with Yeats’s lengthy notes which were drastically cut in the collected editions. This illuminating edition by Edward Larrissy includes an introduction that clarifies the literary, historical and intellectual contexts of the poems, detailed notes, and a bibliography. It offers essential material for reading – and revaluing – one of the great modern poets.

A B O U T T H E AU T H O R A N D E D I TO R WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS (1865-1939) was one of the greatest poets and dramatists of the twentieth century. Educated in London and in Dublin, the young Yeats was at the centre of fin de siècle London’s literary society and his friends included George Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde. His first volume of verse appeared in 1886. He returned to Ireland in 1891 and was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival. In 1895 he achieved poetic recognition with Poems. EDWARD LARRISSY is Professor of Poetry at Queen’s University, Belfast. He is the author of Yeats the Poet:The Measures of Difference (Harvester, 1994) and the editor of W.B.Yeats,The Major Works (Oxford University Press, 2000).


The Wanderings of Oisin and Other Poems (1899) The Countess Kathleen and Various Legends and Lyrics (1892) The Wind Among the Reeds (1899)

APRIL 2010 ISBN 978 185754 9959 216 pp PAPER £18.95 World




The Choir Outing Even if you love maps, leave them behind; Try to be helpless and inquisitive. Eschew signposts, landmarks. Take The unassuming path, always; cross The unpromising field: it will take you Out of your own reach into something That becomes you.

from ‘To Go for a Walk’

Nigel Forde’s poems explore those feelings, memories and landscapes, glimpsed and momentary, that haunt us with an insistent need to be questioned or commemorated. In monologues and elegies, reflections on art, intimate domestic lyrics, love poems and jokes, The Choir Outing meditates on surfaces and depths with technical assurance and a delight in the moment’s gift.

A B O U T T H E AU T H O R NIGEL FORDE began his career as an actor at York Theatre Royal, and has remained in the area ever since. He co-founded Riding Lights Theatre Co. and has provided voice-overs for television documentaries. He has been a regular contributor to BBC radio programmes and is best known for presenting Radio 4’s Bookshelf. He has published eight books, including four poetry collections. He is also a playwright and Emmy Award-winning screenwriter.



Nigel Forde’s poetry is full of grace, ghosts and good music... His poetry is elegiac, a kind of pastoral to the empty sky and the warm dark spaces of nature, but there is wit too. The Choir Outing is a deeply English book, like a late Shakespearean romance: a Forest of Arden complete with the paraphernalia of the modern mind but filled with its own elegant, nostalgic but living music.


APRIL 2010 ISBN 978 190303 9977 96 pp PAPER £9.95 World

Judith Aronson

All photographers should click so well. The resulting images miraculously combine detachment and intensity...

Likenesses Likenesses consists of both photographic portraits and reflections, vividly capturing the cultural life of the age. The pictures, taken over the course of thirty years in Britain and America, bring together Aronson's work as a photojournalist and graphic designer. What makes Likenesses unique is that the sitters observe and comment on one another – memories, assessments, elegies, tributes. A historian calls up a poet who figures elsewhere in the book; a poet summons up memories of her mother, a distinguished woman of letters, alongside her in the photo. The gallery opens its doors with a welcoming foreword from one of the sitters, Charles Saumarez Smith, the Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts.


A B O U T T H E AU T H O R JUDITH ARONSON has a BA in American Studies from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale. During the 1970s she travelled and worked in Southeast Asia, and then for twelve years she lived in England, where she worked as a graphic designer and photojournalist. Her work has appeared in The Sunday Times, the Boston Globe, the Telegraph and other places. It has been widely exhibited. She teaches graphic design at Simmons College in Boston.


Saul Bellow William Empson Alice Goodman Seamus Heaney Geoffrey Hill Robert Lowell Norman Mailer Jonathan Miller Joan Plowright Anne Ridler Salman Rushdie Simon Schama Charles Tomlinson Derek Walcott

MAY 2010 ISBN 978 185754 9942 152 pp PAPER ÂŁ19.95 World


Louise G l Üc k

A Village Life Around the fountain, there are clusters of metal tables. This is where you sit when you’re old, beyond the intensities of the fountain. The fountain is for the young, who still want to look at themselves. Or for the mothers, who need to keep their children diverted. In good weather, a few old people linger at the tables. Life is simple now: one day cognac, one day coffee and a cigarette. To the couples, it’s clear who’s on the outskirts of life, who’s at the center. from ‘Tributaries’ A Village Life begins in the topography of a village, a Mediterranean world of no definite moment or place. Around the fountain, concentric circles of figures are organised by age and in degrees of distance: fields, a river and, like the fountain’s opposite, a mountain: human time superimposed on geological time. Renowned as a lyrical and dramatic poet of austere intensity, Glück focuses not on action but on pauses and intervals, moments of suspension in a dreamlike present tense in which poetic speculation and reflection are possible.

A B O U T T H E AU T H O R LOUISE GLÜCK is the author of eleven books of poems and a collection of essays. Her many awards include the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Bollingen Prize, the Ambassador Book Award, for Averno (Carcanet, 2006) and the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets. In 2009 she delivered the Blashfield Foundation address at the American Academy. A former Poet Laureate of the United States, Louise Glück teaches at Yale University and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. POET RY 6


In the work of no other contemporary American poet is the individual psyche so unsparingly portrayed in both the anguish and the humor with which it confronts its profound solitude... Glück deals with powerful emotions, expressed in a language of surpassing clarity and sparseness, full of passion and devoid of sentiment. JUDGES’ CITATION, BOLLINGEN PRIZE, 2001

MAY 2010 ISBN 978 184777 0592 80 pp PAPER £9.95 World excl. US & Canada

Fiona Sampson

Rough Music ‘Rough music’ is the old English name for a custom of public scapegoating. This is a book full of disturbing musical echoes, in which brilliant renewals of carol, charm, folksong and ballad explore themes of violence, loss and belonging. Fiona Sampson’s characteristic lyric intensity fuses metaphysics and politics with the vernacular of daily life.

Something was broken – like milk not rising from the floor to resume the shape of a jug, the stone splashed with creamy stars –

From reviews of Common Prayer:

Urgent, acrobatically alert poems alternate with the comparative stillness of a series of love sonnets. Here, too, the imagination is always at work, demonstrating that curiosity is a form of passion. SEAN O’BRIEN, THE SUNDAY TIMES

from 'The Betrayal'

A very fine poet indeed...Sampson’s free verse soon surprises by its seductive ease and its vivid rendition of the ordinary, material world. ADAM THORPE, GUARDIAN

A B O U T T H E AU T H O R FIONA SAMPSON began working as a concert violinist, then studied at the Universities of Oxford, where she won the Newdigate Prize, and Nijmegen, where she received a PhD in the philosophy of language. She has published seventeen books, of which the most recent are Common Prayer (Carcanet, 2007; shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize) and A Century of Poetry Review (Carcanet, 2009). Fiona Sampson is the editor of Poetry Review and contributes regularly to the Guardian and the Irish Times.

MAY 2010 ISBN 978 184777 0455 64 pp PAPER £9.95 World


Soul Keeping Company Lucie B r o c k - Selected Poems Broido


My father calls me Wolf. He says that I will see things other people will not see at night... from ‘Birdie Africa’

Something in Brock-Broido likes stealth, toxicity, wildness, neon...The poems leap off the page.

Lucie Brock-Broido’s poetry conjures what is half-known, at the limits of experience, in language fierce with a living glitter. The familiar world becomes disquieting, edged with danger: mute conjoined twins creating a violent secret world; Emily Dickinson’s enigmatic letters to her ‘Master’; a self-portrait of the poet ‘with Her Hair on Fire’.

This is a poet who cultivates elegant nerviness and a riveting poetic clairvoyance...We witness the imagination’s virtuosity, distilled in the alembic of the poet’s radical, brilliantly inventive diction.

Soul Keeping Company introduces Brock-Broido’s poetry to British readers with generous selections from her three acclaimed collections: A Hunger, The Master Letters and Trouble in Mind.

A B O U T T H E AU T H O R LUCIE BROCK-BROIDO is the author of three books of poetry, A Hunger, The Master Letters and Trouble in Mind. She is Director of Poetry in the School of the Arts at Columbia University and has taught previously at Harvard and Princeton. She has recieved awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in New York City and in Cambridge, Massachusetts.




JUNE 2010 ISBN 978 185754 8402 168 pp PAPER £9.95 World excl. US & Canada

E l a i n e Cities Feinstein

Cities is a book of travels, from Basel to Budapest, Tampico to Tbilisi – and from the child in wartime Leicester to a London garden seven decades later. In ‘Migrations’, the opening poem, Feinstein celebrates the recurring ‘filigree of migration, symbiosis, assimilation’. In simple, intense lyrics, she explores the haunted landscape between past and present, history and memory. Elaine Feinstein praises the good fortune of having lived richly in the sphere of literature and having travelled widely among remarkable people... The book is lit with unusual clarity and solidity. SEAN O’BRIEN The strangeness of visited cities, with their fearful histories, transmuted by the responses of a truly gifted poet. DANNIE ABSE

A B O U T T H E AU T H O R Elaine Feinstein's career as a writer, translator, critic and lecturer spans over five decades. She has written fourteen novels, many radio plays and television dramas and five biographies. Elaine Feinstein's Collected Poems and Translations, her poetry collections and her translations of Marina Tsvetaeva are published by Carcanet. Her honours include a Cholmondeley Award for Poetry and an Honorary D.Litt from the University of Leicester. Feinstein is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

In the messy flat of Janos Pilinszky his most loved records lie without sleeves, horizontal on his bookshelves. See, his parchment face is bloodless, lit like a lamp from within, his bones fine, his lips shrewdly curved, humorous.

from ‘Budapest’

JUNE 2010 ISBN 978 184777 0615 64 pp PAPER £9.95 World


Tom Raworth

Windmills in Flames Old and New Poems

sometimes a fragment of language illuminates a world not consistently round breathing its air from ‘Baggage Claim’ Tom Raworth’s Collected Poems (2003) was acclaimed by the Times Literary Supplement as a milestone: forty years’ work by a major poet of English modernism gathered for the first time. Raworth moves on, radical, inventive and politically engaged. Windmills in Flames takes a vertiginous ride through the language landscape we inhabit. Poems fragment and distort, veer in unexpected directions, reconfigure. Playful, often funny, Windmills in Flames is fuelled by anger at the use of language as an instrument of political deceit and military aggression.

A B O U T T H E AU T H O R TOM RAWORTH was born in London in 1938. Since 1966 he has published more than forty books of poetry, prose and translations. His graphic work has been shown in France, Italy and the United States, and he has collaborated and performed with musicians, painters and other poets. In 1991 he was invited to teach at the University of Cape Town, the first European writer thus distinguished for thirty years. Carcanet published his Collected Poems in 2003.


These poems will help the reader lose weight, have an attractive smile, be at ease with members of the opposite (or their own) sex, have relief from constipation, speak in tongues, fillet herrings and ultimately boost the Nation's economy.


JUNE 2010 ISBN 978 184777 0820 92 pp PAPER £9.95 World

A Field of Large Desires

A Greville press anthology 1975-2010 Edited by Anthony Astbury with a preface by Grey Gowrie Man’s youth it is a field of large desires, Which pleas’ d within, doth all without them please, For in this love of men live those sweet fires, That kindle worth and kindness unto praise, And where self-love most from her selfness gives, Man greatest in himself, and others lives. Fulke Greville Founded in 1975 by Anthony Astbury and Geoffrey Godbert, with the support of Harold Pinter, the Greville Press has quietly established itself as indispensable to those who love poetry. Its pamphlets have built a reputation for discoveries of the new and recoveries of the neglected; for championing translations of great world poets and delighting in the classics of English literature. A Field of Large Desires offers a sampler of poems that have been published by the Greville Press: it is both a treasure trove and a celebration of a remarkable venture.

A B O U T T H E E D I TO R S ANTHONY ASTBURY has published four collections of poems, edited anthologies including The Tenth Muse (Carcanet, 2005), and written memoirs of his friends George Barker, W.S. Graham, John Heath-Stubbs, Harold Pinter and David Wright. GREY GOWRIE's Third Day: New and Selected Poems (2008) is published by Carcanet. He has been an academic, a company chairman, a Cabinet minister and Chairman of the Arts Council of England.

Published in association with the Greville Press

INCLUDES POEMS BY Guillame Apollinaire Charles Baudelaire Robert Bridges Catullus Hart Crane Elizabeth Daryush John Donne W.S. Graham Robert Graves George Herbert John Masefield Edna O’Brien Harold Pinter Henry Reed Stevie Smith

JULY 2010 ISBN 978 184777 0509 208 pp PAPER £14.95 World




Forty Lies With illustrations by Sarah Kirby And all the buildings dance the Partyquake, the skirty carpets waving in the heat, the golden cotton scarletsilken shake of careless stuffit rocking manmade concrete hulaloola cando bedo beat on faith on hope on physics strength and dreams. from ‘Askhabad earthquake’

It is the poet’s job to invent beautiful falsehoods. UMBERTO ECO

John Gallas’s forty lies are beautiful, ribald and audacious. Made from found language liberated from books, walls, the internet and radio, his forty lies construct an extravagant alternative reality of Russian assassins and magical shirts, Babylonian gardens, flying monks and the mathematics of Omar Khayyam. From Inner Mongolia to outer space, in tanka and sonnet and villanelle, Viking haiku and musical staves, Gallas collaborates with the print-maker Sarah Kirby to beguile the reader with stories and puzzles, and with pictures that create visual false memories of facts that never were.

A B O U T T H E AU T H O R A N D I L LU S T R ATO R JOHN GALLAS was born in 1950 in Wellington, New Zealand, and came to England in 1972. He has been a teacher of children with special needs for twenty years. Gallas has published six earlier books of poetry with Carcanet. SARAH KIRBY has exhibited as an artist for over twenty years. Primarily a printmaker, she also paints and makes books, and undertakes teaching and curating.


JULY 2010 ISBN 978 184777 0493 84 pp PAPER £12.95 World


A Light Song of Light Kei Miller’s work was acclaimed by the distinguished Jamaican writer Olive Senior as ‘some of the most exciting poetry I’ve read in years... An extraordinary new voice singing with clarity and grace.’ A Light Song of Light continues to sing in the rhythms of ritual and folktale, praise songs and anecdotes, blending lyricism with a cool wit, finding the languages in which poetry can sing in dark times. The book is in two parts: Day Time and Night Time. Behind the daylight world of community lies another, disordered, landscape: stories of ghosts and bandits, a darkness violent and seductive. At the heart of the collection is the Singerman, a member of Jamaica’s road gangs in the 1930s, whose job was to sing while the others broke stones. He is a presence both mundane and shamanic. Kei Miller’s poems celebrate ‘our incredible and abundant lives’. One of the finest Caribbean poetic talents to have appeared in recent decades. JOURNAL OF COMMONWEALTH LITERATURE

A B O U T T H E AU T H O R KEI MILLER was born in Jamaica in 1978. He teaches Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. His fiction books include the short story collection The Fear of Stones (2006, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers First Book Prize) and the novels The Same Earth (2008) and The Last Warner Woman (2010). His previous poetry collections are Kingdom of Empty Bellies (2006) and There Is an Anger That Moves (Carcanet, 2007). He edited the Carcanet anthology New Caribbean Poetry (2007).

from ‘Twelve Notes for a Light Song of Light’

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A light song of light swells up in the dark times, in wolf time and knife time, in knuckle and blood times; it blooms nocturnally, like a Chinese flower, bright against the midnight.


JULY 2010 ISBN 978 184777 1032 64 pp PAPER £9.95 World


Environment at the Crossroads Aiming for a sustainable future With a foreword by Emílio Rui Vilar Environment at the Crossroads addresses the crucial issues of our time, from the current international economic malaise to the state of our global environment. Inspired by the themes of the 2009 United Nations Copenhagen Conference, these critical essays engage with climate change, biodiversity, environmental policy and the ethics of consumption. Crossing five continents, the writers are leaders in the fields of science, politics, economics, environmental and social studies. Incorporating a range of disciplines and perspectives, this is a unique and ambitious survey of the state of our planet today. This is the latest collection of international conference papers from the Portuguese Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, published in English for the first time.

A B O U T T H E F O R E W O R D AU T H O R EMÍLIO RUI VILAR was born in Oporto in 1939. He studied law at Coimbra University and has been President of the Board of Trustees of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation since 2002. He has served as Portugal’s Secretary of State for External Trade and Tourism (1974), Minister of the Economy (1974-75), and Minister of Transport and Communications (1976-78).


C ontributors


Emílio Rui Vilar Viriato Soromenho-Marques Sir David King Miguel Bastos Araújo Susana Fonseca Pedro Arrojo-Agudo Allan Larson Malini Mehra José Manuel Durão Barroso, President of the European Commission

AUGUST 2010 ISBN 978 184777 1193 206 pp PAPER £18.95 World

A nthony Zig Zag Rudolf

Zigzag consists of five new sequences by Anthony Rudolf, a poet whose craft has been enriched by his experiences as a translator of French and Russian literature. Poems about memory, time and loss are complicated by humour, lyricism and a light touch.

John Whale

AUGUST 2010 ISBN 978 184777 1100 80 pp PAPER £9.95 World

Northern House

Waterloo Teeth Waterloo Teeth explores our capacity to articulate the pain and pleasure of lived experience – our own, and that of others distant from us – across different locations in history, culture, and in the difference of species.

AUGUST 2010 ISBN 978 184777 1117 64 pp PAPER £9.95 World



ANTONY RUDOLF was born in London in 1942. He is the author of books of literary and art criticism, translation, autobiography and poetry. Rudolf is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the founder of Menard Press. In 2004 he was appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture.

JOHN WHALE was born in Liverpool in 1956 and studied at the University of Leeds before moving to a post at University College Cardiff. He returned to Leeds University in 1984, where he is now Professor of Romantic Literature and from where he co-edits the international literary quarterly Stand.


Hesiod's Calendar

A B O U T T H E AU T H O R ROBERT SAXTON was born in Nottingham in 1952 and now lives in north London, where he is the editorial director of an illustrated book publishing company. His first collection of poetry The Promise Clinic was published by Enitharmon Press in 1994. His subsequent collections, Manganese (2003) and Local Honey (2007), are published by Carcanet/OxfordPoets.

from Works and Days, XXXIV

It’s a bold deed to summon up Hesiod in eighty sonnets. The form, both familiar and odd, may shock us into a wakeful reading. For this is not at all an antiquarian version of two ancient texts. On the contrary, Robert Saxton addresses us here and now in the Age of Iron and makes us wonder how much longer Earth will endure our stay. DAVID CONSTANTINE

our lives, and serve our wives and children right, extending their lives too. Seekers of gold, appeal to Zeus, who’ll set your dividend.

A Version of Hesiod's Theogony and Works and Days The ancient Greek poet Hesiod is best known for two poems, the Theogony and Works and Days. The Theogony gives an account of the creation of the universe and the war between the Titans and Olympians, while Works and Days offers plain-speaking advice on everything from harvesting to banqueting. Hesiod’s Calendar brings each poem to life in two robustly colloquial sonnet sequences. Saxton’s fresh and witty treatment re-imagines the original texts for modern readers, in poetry that is faithful to the mythic power of the ancient works. Saxton’s introduction and notes enhance a fascinating dialogue between two poets across the centuries.



You need to sow on soil that’s still quite light, with a memory of summer – before the earth turns cold, damp and heavy. Fallow land will extend

Robert Saxton

AUGUST 2010 ISBN 978 190618 8030 96 pp PAPER £9.95 World

J u d i t h A Human Pattern W r i g h t Selected Poems With an introduction by John Kinsella

Judith Wright (1915-2000) is one of Australia’s best loved, and essential, poets, devoted to place, responsive to landscape and to the violence done to the land and its inhabitants. As John Kinsella writes in his introduction, ‘she looked inwards into Australia, and in doing so made the local...universal’. A Human Pattern, a selected poems she prepared after she had abandoned writing poetry in order to devote her time to fighting for Aboriginal rights and conservation, presents her best work from 1946 to her last collection, Phantom Dwelling (1986). Australia, alive with human and natural history, is vibrant in this selection. She is, John Kinsella writes, ‘a poet of human contact with the land’. She speaks directly to our perennial concerns.

I was born into a coloured country: spider-webs in dew on feathered grass, mountains blue as wrens, valleys cupping sky in like a cradle...

from ‘Reminiscence’

Judith Wright seems to belong to the two generations that followed hers, her own work changing and leading the changes in Australian writing and opening a way for the new poetry of the older people. MICHAEL SCHMIDT, LIVES OF THE POETS

A B O U T T H E AU T H O R JUDITH WRIGHT (1915-2000) was an Australian poet, environmentalist and campaigner for human rights. Born in Armidale, New South Wales, she published many books of poems and books of prose, including The Generations of Men and (in 1991) Born of the Conquerors. Her Collected Poems (1994) and A Human Pattern: Selected Poems (1992) were published by Carcanet. Wright was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1992.

AUGUST 2010 ISBN 978 184777 0516 256 pp PAPER £14.95 World



A shbery

Collected Poems 1956-1987 Edited by Mark Ford This landmark Collected Poems gathers together in one volume the first three decades of the work of America’s preeminent living poet. Here are the complete texts of his first twelve books – including Some Trees (1956, chosen by W.H. Auden for the Yale Younger Poets Prize) and the Pulitzer-winning Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (1975) – along with a selection of more than sixty previously uncollected poems written over four decades. From the beginning John Ashbery has been an extraordinary presence in American and world poetry, with an immeasurable impact on subsequent generations; yet his own work has constantly evolved in surprising ways. At once exuberantly curious and unnervingly funny, dreamlike and steeped in everyday realities, alive to every nuance of American speech, these are poems that constantly discover new worlds within language and its unexpected permutations.

A B O U T T H E AU T H O R JOHN ASHBERY was born in Rochester, New York, in 1927. He is the author of over twenty books of poetry. Widely honoured internationally, he has received the Robert Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America, the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets and the Gold Medal for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2002 he was named Officier de la Légion d’Honneur by the French government.


This major book offers a view of Ashbery's artistic development over many decades.... He is, according to both his admirers and his critics, the towering figuring in contemporary American poetry. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Praised as a magical genius, cursed as an obscure joker, John Ashbery writes poetry like no one else. INDEPENDENT

SEPTEMBER 2010 ISBN 978 184777 0585 1,058 pp PAPER £19.95 World excl. US & Canada

Close to the Next Moment Interviews from a Changing Ireland Edited by Jody Allen Randolph In the first decade of the new millennium, Jody Allen Randolph interviewed twenty-two leading Irish poets, artists, fiction writers and playwrights to create a record of how the makers of a culture saw their country as it moved into a new era. Her exploration was shadowed by intimations of unease; as economic collapse gathered pace, recurrent concerns gained a new urgency. What are Irish values? How have they changed? How do new cultural realities affect the old arts of language and image which have been so important in Irish culture? In journeys across political divides and between languages, from Seamus Heaney and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, deeply rooted in Irish inheritance, to African-Irish Joyce Akpotor; from Gerry Adams for whom ‘when our future is settled, we will agree on our history’, to the artist Dorothy Cross who brings an international perspective to her redefinitions of Irish imagery, Close to the Next Moment captures the conversations that are remaking a culture.

A B O U T T H E E D I TO R JODY ALLEN RANDOLPH was a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities at University College Dublin before earning her PhD in British and American Literature from the University of California. She has taught at the Universities of Oxford and California and at University College Dublin. She researches twentieth-century and contemporary poetry, Irish literature and Anglophone poetry. Her essays and interviews have appeared regularly on both sides of the Atlantic.

C ontributors


Gerry Adams Bisi Adigun Eavan Boland Theo Dorgan Roddy Doyle Anne Enright Seamus Heaney Michael Longley Conor McPherson Paula Meehan Paul Muldoon Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill Mary O’Malley Colm Tóibín

SEPTEMBER 2010 ISBN 978 184777 0486 302 pp PAPER £18.95 World


Peter Sansom

Selected Poems The stationary train that pulls out of the station. A harbour and island getting underway across an estuary and out to open sea. A church moving, as you walk, on the horizon. The ceiling turning round a single, drunken lightbulb; or from a spin in an office chair watching the room like a rubber band unwind to bring the world back to where you were. from ‘What the Eye Doesn’t See’ Selected Poems gathers twenty years of quintessential Peter Sansom, a poet who has made the local and familiar his own resonant territory. Supermarkets and darts matches, life with teenagers and family funerals, the common ground of modern life, make up the fabric of poems that capture the distinctiveness of the ordinary with a robust and sharp-eyed tenderness. Selected Poems includes revised versions of poems from Peter Sansom’s four Carcanet collections, with poems from his 2009 pamphlet The Night is Young.

A B O U T T H E AU T H O R PETER SANSOM was born in 1958 in Nottinghamshire. Now living in Sheffield, he is co-director of the Poetry Business and editor of The North magazine and Smith/ Doorstop Books. Carcanet publish his four previous collections, Everything You’ve Heard is True (1990,), January (1994), Point of Sale (2000, documenting the year he spent as Marks and Spencer’s poet-in-residence), and The Last Place on Earth (2006).


...witty, realistic and imaginative. Auden, Haydn and Uccello live in his pages as happily as snooker stars, Tesco and Extra Strong Mints. PETER PORTER, OBSERVER

...a mature assurance which results in poems that are always entertaining and frequently something more. CAROL ANN DUFFY, GUARDIAN

SEPTEMBER 2010 ISBN 978 184777 0646 72pp PAPER £9.95 World

A B O U T T H E AU T H O R PHILIP TERRY was born in Belfast in 1962. He has taught at the universities of Caen, Plymouth and Essex, where he is currently Director of Creative Writing. His fiction, poetry and translations have been widely published in journals in Britain and America. His books include the anthology of short stories Ovid Metamorphosed (2000), Oulipoems (2006) and Oulipoems 2 (2009). He is the translator of Raymond Queneau’s Elementary Morality (2007).

from Sonnet 112 (‘Your love and pity doth th’impression fill’)

Can take your place on the starting grid.

None else to me, nor I to none alive,

My fruitful Bernie,

You are my Silverstone,

The hamster is happy in my carburettor.

What care I for smart cars,

Inspired by the flotsam of contemporary culture, by the language of journalism and spam emails, Philip Terry transforms Shakespeare’s sonnet sequence into a celebration of the possibilities of language unleashed. Shakespeare’s themes of fading beauty, posterity, immortality and death find their contemporary responses in the world of celebrity gossip, consumer products and the credit crunch. The results spark with energy, as disrespectful and anarchic as a cartoon – and as assured in their control of line. Philip Terry, an acclaimed translator of Raymond Queneau, plays language games by the rules of Oulipo in his creation of a Shakespearean chimaera, the hybrid that takes on a life of its own.

Which vulgar vandals stamped upon my bonnet;

Shakespeare's Sonnets

Your fibreglass doth th’impression fill

Philip T e r ry

SEPTEMBER 2010 ISBN 978 184777 0721 160 pp PAPER £9.95 World


Cold Eye

Published in association with Marlborough Fine Art Images by Paul Hodgson Poems by Dan Burt Cold Eye is a creative collaboration between an artist and a poet. The ten images explore ten poems, which in turn focus in on and explore the images. Things are fragmented, things are restored, and the restoration enhances our sense of the visible world and the world of language. This unusual collaboration has resulted in a wholly unique volume, large in scale and compelling in design and production. We read pictures and see poetry in quite new ways.

Taken all together, Paul Hodgson’s pictures make a powerful address to perennial questions about the self and its ability to articulate an identity, and about faith and its reasonable limits.

Dan Burt’s poems are strikingly ambitious. His language is terse to the point of brutality; the verbs ferocious, often monosyllabic; his core conviction, formed by the history of the twentieth century and a lifetime in a non-literary world, is of ‘the curtain falling on the Enlightenment’. ELAINE FEINSTEIN

A B O U T T H E AU T H O R A N D A R T I S T DAN BURT was born in Philadelphia in 1942. He read English at Cambridge before graduating from Yale Law School and practicing law in the United States, United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia. He is an honorary Fellow of St. John’s College Cambridge and lives in London. PAUL HODGSON was born in Shrewsbury in 1972. He studied fine art at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and at the Royal College of Art, where he began to combine photography, printmaking and digital media. Hodgson is represented by Marlborough Fine Art.



SEPTEMBER 2010 ISBN 978 184777 1056 112pp CASED £49.95 World

Parade's End F o r d M a d o x Some Do Not . . . Ford

Edited with an introduction by Max Saunders For the first time, the four novels that make up Ford Madox Ford’s First World War masterpiece Parade’s End are published in fully annotated editions, with authoritative corrected texts. Each novel is edited by a leading Ford expert. Some Do Not . . ., the first volume of Parade’s End, introduces the central characters: Christopher Tietjens, a brilliant, unconventional mathematician; his dazzling but unfaithful wife Sylvia; and the young Suffragette Valentine Wannop. It starts with the cataclysmic meeting of Tietjens and Valentine: a weekend whose violence prefigures the coming war. It ends in 1917 as the two are on the verge of becoming lovers, before Tietjens prepares to return to the Front and probable death. Some Do Not . . . is an unforgettable exploration of the tensions of a society facing catastrophe, as the energies of sexuality and power erupt in madness and violence.

A B O U T T H E AU T H O R A N D E D I TO R FORD MADOX FORD was a great novelist, poet, editor, essayist, critic and advocate. Born in Surrey in 1873, his mother was the daughter of the Pre-Raphaelite painter Ford Madox Brown. His experience in the First World War furnished him with material for his many novels. He died in France in 1939. MAX SAUNDERS is Professor of English at King’s College London. He is the author of Ford Madox Ford: A Dual Life, (2 vols.,1996) and the editor of Ford’s Selected Poems, War Prose and (with Richard Stang) Critical Essays (all for Carcanet).

SOME DO NOT . . . INCLUDES • the first reliable text, based on the manuscript and first editions • a major critical introduction by Max Saunders, Ford’s acclaimed biographer • an account of the novel’s composition and reception • a reconstruction of Ford’s original ending, published complete for the first time • annotations explaining historical references, military terms, literary and topical allusions • a full textual apparatus including transcriptions of deletions and revisions • a bibliography of further reading

OCTOBER 2010 ISBN 978 184777 0127 720 pp PAPER £18.95 World


G a b r i e l Heart's Wings J osipovici and other stories There are no objects any more. There were never any objects. Now you know. Don’t look for me. By the time you read this I will be far away. You will never find me. Gabriel Josipovici’s stories play hide and seek with the reader. Whether they take place in a seedy London nightclub in the sixties, in a brothel in Hamburg during the First World War, in the fevered world of Shakespeare’s mind as he writes Twelfth Night or in that of the dying Borges as he dreams of Finland and the Kalevala, in an airport outside Berlin, in Bukovina in 1942... one thing is certain: you are never quite where you think you are and what is happening is never quite what you think is happening. No matter how short the story – and many are no more than two or three pages long – by the time you have finished reading you will have travelled an unimaginable distance, and will never be quite the same again.

The mysteries of Gabriel Josipovici’s brief, elliptical forms embody a disquieting and moving sensibility that rewards patient rereading. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

Josipovici is one of the best living writers in English. ROBERT NYE, GUARDIAN

Heart’s Wings gathers twenty-three stories written over the last fifteen years.

A B O U T T H E AU T H O R GABRIEL JOSIPOVICI was born in Nice in 1940, of Russo-Italian, Romano-Levantine parents. He lived in Egypt from 1945 to 1956, when he came to Britain. He read English at Oxford and from 1963-1996 he taught at the University of Sussex, where he is now a Research Professor. He has published over a dozen novels, three volumes of short stories, several plays and a number of critical books, including the collection of essays The Singer on the Shore (Carcanet). His work has been translated into the major European languages and Arabic.


OCTOBER 2010 ISBN 978 184777 0066 112 pp PAPER £14.95 World

Oxford Poets 2010


An Anthology Edited by David Constantine, Robyn Marsack & Bernard O'Donoghue In the first OxfordPoets anthology, published in 2000, the editors wrote that they had ‘no editorial programme or ideology beyond a desire to represent the best’, what they found ‘most compelling in terms of formal and rhythmic invention’. The principle remains in place in this, the sixth addition to the series. All the poems here are marked by a keen intelligence of purpose and design, however various those purposes are and however experimental or traditional the design. New writers, and writers who are already becoming recognised, are making compelling new poetry. All share the candour and invention that are hallmarks of the OxfordPoets imprint.

INCLUDES Robert Black Jim Carruth Ellen Cranitch Philip Hancock Pippa Little Kathryn Maris M R Peacocke David Shook Ryan Van Winkle

A B O U T T H E E D I TO R S DAVID CONSTANTINE taught German Literature at Oxford. A poet and translator, he is the editor of the journal Modern Poetry in Translation. His Collected Poems were published in 2004. ROBYN MARSACK was born in New Zealand and now lives in Scotland, where she is Director of the Scottish Poetry Library. She has worked as an editor, critic and translator and has published studies of Louis MacNeice and Sylvia Plath. BERNARD O'DONOGHUE teaches Medieval English at Wadham College, Oxford and has published four books of poems. His acclaimed translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was published by Penguin in 2006.

OCTOBER 2010 ISBN 978 190303 9984 160 pp PAPER £12.95 World


Enchantment concludes an ambitious cycle of poems that began with David Morley’s Scientific Papers and continued with The Invisible Kings, a collection which the Times Literary Supplement compared to Seamus Heaney’s Beowulf and Geoffrey Hill’s Mercian Hymns. It also contains specially-commissioned illustrations by the cult American artist Peter Blegvad.

A B O U T T H E AU T H O R DAVID MORLEY read Zoology at Bristol University. He co-founded the Writing Programme at the University of Warwick, where he develops new practices in scientific as well as creative writing. His awards include a Hawthornden Fellowship and an Arts Council Writers Award. His collections Scientific Papers (2002) and The Invisible Kings (2007) are published by Carcanet. He is the author of numerous critical books, including the bestselling Cambridge Introduction to Creative Writing.


from 'Spinning'

How does a blacksmith make fresh life from fire? How do you ride a Camargue horse through time? And what powers does a hedgehog have to challenge a king? David Morley's new collection reclaims the story-making powers of poetry. The tales and charms of Enchantment take their imaginative energies from Romani life and lore. Partly Romani himself, David Morley explores lives lived intensely on the margins of reality, creating a fresh language for poetry. Opening with a celebration of the friendship between the poet and the late Nicholas Hughes, the story-poems enter and evoke strange new worlds, reawakening us to the oral tradition of poetry as a form of magic and marvel.

They say language shows you, so my stories should show you what worlds I’ve wound through, whose voices I’ve breathed in— that smoke spooling from their mouths; the fire’s smoke swirling above them make an understood utterance, a ghost of what we see, what we pass through and what might be watching us watching ourselves waiting.

D a v i d Enchantment Morley

NOVEMBER 2010 ISBN 978 184777 0622 78 pp PAPER £9.95 World

Modern Canadian Poetry An Antholog y

Edited with an introduction by Evan Jones and Todd Swift Modern Canadian Poetry: An Anthology charts a nation's poetic history from Modernism to the present day. Here are 34 cosmopolitan poets whose work deserves recognition beyond national boundaries. The editors – themselves expatriate Canadian poets – have taken an ‘away’ angle, redefining the connections between Canadian poetry and the poetries of the United Kingdom and elsewhere. International in outlook, the anthology encompasses those Canadian by birth and by choice, and those who have engaged with the Native, Anglo-Irish and American traditions. First Nations poetry is represented, as is work from both English and French Canada (Anne Carson’s translations of Emile Nelligan, for example). This is an inclusive gathering of individuals and mavericks, of established and emerging voices, of hybrid poets whose work lives between cultures and reaches beyond borders. Modern Canadian Poetry: An Anthology will surprise and delight readers both new to and well-versed in Canadian literature.

A B O U T T H E E D I TO R S EVAN JONES was born in Toronto and now lives in the UK. He has a PhD in English and Creative Writing from the University of Manchester and has taught at universities in Canada and the United Kingdom. His first collection, Nothing Fell Today But Rain (2003), was a finalist for the Governor-General’s Literary Award for Poetry. TODD SWIFT was born in Montreal and grew up in Quebec, and is now based in the UK. He has published six poetry collections and has been UK Poet-in-Residence for Oxfam since 2004. He is a lecturer in Creative Writing and English Literature at Kingston University.

INCLUDING A.M. Klein Anne Wilkinson Irving Layton George Johnston Margaret Avison David Wevill Eric Ormsby Norm Sibum Marius Kociejowski Anne Carson Dionne Brand George Elliott Clarke Steven Heighton

NOVEMBER 2010 ISBN 978 185754 9386 220 pp PAPER £18.95 World



M u r r ay

Taller When Prone Taller When Prone has at its heart Les Murray’s celebrations of the rural world in Australia and elsewhere, evoked with a deep understanding of landscapes, and the seasons, working lives and languages that have shaped them. Stories and songs, fragments of conversations, memories and satire comprise this varied, habitable world. In Murray’s vigorous and sinuous language, ‘song and story are pixels / in a mirrorball’, reflecting back to us endless possibilities.

Thinking up names for a lofty farm: High Wallet, Cow Terraces, Fogsheep, Rainside, Helmet Brush, Tipcamber, Dingo Leap... from ‘the Cowladder Stanzas’

There is no poetry in the English language now so rooted in its sacredness, so broad-leafed in its pleasures and yet so intimate and conversational. DEREK WALCOTT He is, quite simply, the one by whom the language lives. JOSEPH BRODSKY

A B O U T T H E AU T H O R LES MURRAY, born in 1938, grew up on a dairy farm at Bunyah, New South Wales. Since 1971 he has made poetry his full-time career, and he was the first Australian poet to achieve international acclaim without expatriation. Carcanet publish his Collected Poems and his individual collections, including Subhuman Redneck Poems (1996, awarded the T.S. Eliot Prize), his prose writing in The Paperbark Tree (1992) and his verse novel Fredy Neptune (1998). Les Murray received the Queen's Gold Medal for poetry in 1999.


NOVEMBER 2010 ISBN 978 184777 1230 88 pp PAPER £9.95 World excl. Australia & NZ

Robert G raves

The Nazarene Gospel Restored by Robert Graves and Joshua Podro Edited with an introduction by John W. Presley The Nazarene Gospel Restored is Graves’s major scholarly work on the life of Jesus, and as important as The White Goddess to any understanding of the ideas in Robert Graves’s oeuvre. After five years' work on it, Graves wrote to T.S. Eliot saying that it ‘solved on sound historical lines, with every sentence documented, all the outstanding Gospel cruces.’ With the Hebrew scholar Joshua Podro, he examined all available Christian texts in the light of contemporary Jewish and Roman records, revealing the true story of what Jesus said and did. This collaborative book offered a fresh and detailed analysis of the Gospels, untangling the distortions and age-old problems of the original texts. The Nazarene Gospel Restored made a radical impact on New Testament criticism when it was first published in 1953. This volume includes a foreword by Graves and Podro explaining the aims of the work and its chief historical, archaeological and linguistic bases, and an illuminating introduction and notes by the editor and leading Graves scholar John W. Presley.

A B O U T T H E AU T H O R S A N D E D I TO R ROBERT GRAVES (1895-1985), poet, classical scholar, novelist and critic, was one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. He produced over a hundred books, including I, Claudius (1934), The White Goddess (1948) and Greek Myths (1955). JOSHUA PODRO was an expert on the Hebrao-Aramaic aspects of primitive Christianity. He also co-authored with Graves Jesus in Rome: a historical conjecture (1957). JOHN W. PRESLEY is Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of Illinois State University. He has published almost forty pieces of scholarship on Robert Graves's poetry and prose.

DECEMBER 2010 ISBN 978 185754 6675 1,060 pp CASED £50 World



EAVAN BOLAND New Collected Poems

Chinua Achebe's Collected Poems was easily the most powerful book I read in 2005: his poem 'A Mother in a Refugee Camp' had me making a fool of myself on a train between Charing Cross and Waterloo East. MATTHEW SWEET, INDEPENDENT

This New Collected Poems is an important document: it is the finest evidence ever assembled of the escape from the grip of a tradition. THOMAS MCCARTHY, IRISH TIMES

ISBN 978 185754 8433 £9.95

ISBN 978 185754 8587 £14.95


GILLIAN CLARKE Collected Poems is grateful when the translator turns himself loose and the English serves as a commentary on Baudelaire's modernity. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

Gillian Clarke's poems ring with lucidity and power... her work is both personal and archetypal, built out of language as concrete as it is musical... THE TIMES

ISBN 978 185754 9393 £18.95

ISBN 978 185754 3353 £9.95

SUJATA BHATT Point No Point: Selected Poems


...a substantial collection of poems, one that allows us to travel, dream and learn, but one that ultimately moves us by the quietude of its stance and its impeccable articulation. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT ISBN 978 185754 3063

...a quartet of sublime jokers who imagined a city into existence. Deceptively simple surfaces overlay an intellectual and emotional exuberance of staggering daring.


John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Frank O'Hara & James Schuyler

ISBN 978 185754 8433 £9.95



EDWIN MORGAN New Selected Poems

Sophie Hannah is a poet of considerable skill... A shrewd and accurate observer of the world around her, and of her own life, she is often very funny. WENDY COPE

Plangent, piquant, compassionate, mordant, tender [Edwin Morgan's] poetic palette is prodigiously varied and vivid and this collection spans the best of an incisive and humane talent. SUNDAY SCOTLAND ON

ISBN 978 185754 8785 £9.95

ISBN 978 185754 4596 £12.95



[Her] clear-eyed, simple tenderness...reminds me of the great 17th century poet, George Herbert.

The author wrote of his Sonnets to Orpheus: They are perhaps most mysterious, even to me...the most puzzling dictation I have ever received and taken down.


Sonnets to Orpheus and Letters to a Young Poet

ISBN 978 185754 4565 £9.95



Riach has done Scottish literature a great service in masterminding the Carcanet edition of the works of Hugh MacDiarmid... TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

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