Poetry by Individual Poets

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  • Escape Plan, The

    £16.95
    The Escape Plan contains all of the poems from Henry Normal's acclaimed BBC Radio 4 shows, together with the most popular ones from each of his previous collections. “Distinctly funny.” Time Out “The Alan Bennett of poetry.” Scotsman “Dovetails bittersweet poetry with a sublimely observant wit.” Guardian “Jumps from hilarious to moving in such an intelligent, subtle way.” Radio Times Henry Normal is a writer, poet, TV and film producer, founder of the Manchester Poetry Festival (now the Manchester Literature Festival) and co-founder of the Nottingham Poetry Festival. In 2017 he was honoured with a special BAFTA for services to television. Henry co-wrote and script edited the multi-award-winning Mrs Merton Show and the spin-off series Mrs Merton and Malcolm. He also co-created and co-wrote the first series of The Royle Family. With Steve Coogan, he co-wrote the BAFTA-winning Paul and Pauline Calf Video Diaries, Coogan's Run, Tony Ferrino, Doctor Terrible, all of Steve's live tours, and the film The Parole Officer. Setting up Baby Cow Productions in 1999, he Executive Produced all and script edited many of the shows during his tenure as MD. Highlights during this time include Oscar-nominated Philomena, Gavin and Stacey, I Believe in Miracles, Moone Boy, Uncle, Nighty Night, The Mighty Boosh, Marion and Geoff, Camping, Hunderby, Red Dwarf and Alan Partridge. Since retiring in 2016, Henry has written and performed six BBC Radio 4 shows, A Normal Family, A Normal Life, A Normal Love, A Normal Imagination, A Normal Nature and A Normal Universe, combining comedy, poetry and stories about bringing up his autistic son. Born in St Ann's, Nottingham, Henry now lives in Brighton with the screenwriter Angela Pell and their son, Johnny. He was recently given an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by both Nottingham University and Nottingham Trent University. He has also had a beer and a bus named after him in his home city. Learn More
  • extra¤o

    £8.00
    Steve O’Connor devised and co-hosted Freed Up, which revolutionised the Manchester poetry scene, worked with Write Out Loud and transformed their Trafford-based poetry open mic night, and co-edited all three volumes of Best of Manchester Poets. A Mancunian living in West Yorkshire, he teaches creative writing at colleges and libraries and runs bespoke distance learning courses. extraño is his first full collection of poetry. He hopes that you like it. “These are painful and beautiful poems, worn on the sleeve and inked with care and precision.” Tony Walsh AKA Longfella, poet & educator Learn More
  • May

    £12.00
    Unlike the other seminal 19th-century European poets, Mácha's work has been largely ignored in English translation. The present volume, the only available in English, provides the original Czech text in parallel and includes a series of illustrations by Jindřich Štyrský specifically created for the poem. Learn More
  • Absolute Gravedigger, The

    £15.00

    The Absolute Gravedigger, published in 1937, is in many ways the culmination of Vítězslav Nezval’s work as an avant-garde poet, combining the Poetism of his earlier work and his turn to Surrealism in the 1930s with his political concerns in the years leading up to World War II. It is above all a collection of startling verbal and visual inventiveness.

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  • Geoffrey Grigson: Selected Poems

    £14.99

    Geoffrey Grigson (1905-1985) was for many years a vital figure in the literary life of Britain. A notoriously unsparing reviewer, he edited the magazine New Verse (which brought Auden and other writers of the 1930s to prominence) and found popularity with his writings about the countryside and several wonderful anthologies. For much of his life he was writing his own poetry too, but it was only when he was in his sixties that it attracted much attention, and since his death it has largely been overlooked.

    This new Selected Poems ranges from his debut 1939 collection and the work of the 1940s and 1950s (long unavailable) through to the award-winning late volumes and the very last poem he wrote, in September 1985. Love lyrics, satires, landscapes, sketches of rural life, autobiographical pieces - these poems sharp, economical, by turnhave a freshness and clarity of focus rare among contemporary poets. They also amount to a fully rounded portrait of this controversial Cornishman: a seventh son, who lost all six brothers before he was middle-aged; who was married three times (finally to the cookery writer, Jane Grigson); who rubbed shoulders with the famous poets and artists of his day; who was quintessentially English, yet devoted to France and the idea of Europe; who lived through two world wars and many more purely literary feuds.

    Now the smoke has had time to clear, what remains is Geoffrey Grigson's poetry - by turns lyrical or barbed, restlessly attentive to the physical world, its delights and its terrors.

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  • Open Windows, Open Doors

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    The first New Departures publication since 2007, Open Windows, Open Doors by Vanessa Vie, will be launched early in 2020, sixty years since Michael Horovitz first launched the acclaimed experimental imprint, and its performance-based sibling, Live New Departures.
    Open Windows, Open Doors is Vanessa Vie's debut volume of diverse poetic writings, accompanied by a substantial selection of her varied visual art inventions created between 1997 and 2019. Its release early next year extends the quintessential commitment of the New Departures imprint to wonderment, internationalism, and multi-medic cross-pollenation in the arts. This book's title and contents vindicate and respond to the challenge of Lawrence F erlinghetti' s 'Populist Manifesto': "Poets, come out of your closets,/Open your windows, open your doors,/ You have been holed-up too long/in your closet worlds." 

    Almost entirely self-taught, as both multi-media artist and poetwriter, as well as singer-songwriter-musician, Vanessa grew up on the coast of Northern Spain, and came to Britain at the end of the last millennium. She decided to stay in Albion for good in 2000, largely inspired by absorbing herself in the visionary art and poetry of William Blake. It soon came naturally to her to converse, and then to write in English, with, as publisher Michael Horovitz puts it: "a relish for the stimulus of adapting to a second language, whilst still retaining the passionate spirits of her inborn duende."
    According to William Burroughs: "The techniques of much contemporary writing are 50 years behind those of musicians and painters". "Vanessa Vie's innovations," says Horovitz, "invariably bring the interplay of her poetry with highly original musics and visual art to the fore. Her prolific compositions and performances, solo or in conjunction with others, can amount to a nimbly synthesised dance on two, or sometimes three artistic trapezes at once."
    Vanessa Vie has presented Happenings inspired by the poetries of Rumi and Dylan Thomas, as well as devising transformative musical settings for those of William Blake, Emily Dickinson, Federico Garcia Lorca and Horovitz himself.
    "Many people have asked me throughout the years why I read and write in English," says Vanessa: "Samuel Beckett began writing in French because he wanted to get away from his mother tongue. Living, reading and speaking in French had bestowed him with a new personality. The English language has bestowed me with a new personality and freed me from my mother tongue. I find its nuances of sound and structure to be a restorative victual for my intellect, imagination and memory."

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  • To Duration

    £9.00
    The first English translation of Peter Handke’s long poem To Duration (Gedicht an die Dauer). “Peter Handke’s long poem Gedicht an die Dauer came out in 1986 and has only just been brought out in English, as To Duration, in a fine translation by Scott Abbott… Handke is one of the shining literary lights of our time and it says a great deal about the insularity of our culture that this profound and beautiful poem has had to wait almost thirty years to appear in English.” —Gabriel Josipovici, “Books of the Year”, The Times Literary Supplement Learn More
  • Adding Colours to the Chameleon

    £10.00
    a selection of poetry and prose written over a period of roughly forty years, from 1975 to 2015 Learn More
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