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New Title – Crimean Sonnets

We are delighted to announce the publication of Crimean Sonnets by Adam Mickiewicz, a new English translation by Kevin Jackson.

Kevin Jackson’s versions (rather than literal translations) of the sonnet sequence written in exile between 1824 and 1829 by Poland’s greatest poet, Adam Mickiewicz, are both urgent and memorable. The originals are poems of intense patriotism and nostalgia; Jackson’s versions capture this and much more, including what he terms in his new companion essay, ‘Mickiewicz’s aching sense of loneliness and loss’.

Join us for the London launch of Crimean Sonnets on Thursday 15 October 2015 – details tbc, please email theworpleco@aol.com for more information.

Event at National Museum of Wales, Cardiff

Join Michael McKimm, editor of our recent anthology MAP, for a special evening at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, on Thursday 8 October 2015  (National Poetry Day).

MAP celebrates the first geological map of England and Wales, published 200 years ago by the geologist and engineer William Smith.  This special event will include readings from the anthology by Philip Gross, Alyson Hallett, John Freeman and Alison Brackenbury, who will also read other poems of their own on the themes of geology, mapping and science.

The event will take place in the Museum gallery, complemented by maps and other exhibits from a new exhibition, Reading the Rocks: the Remarkable Maps of William Smith.

Doors open at 6pm. Tickets cost £5 advance (£7 on the door) and can be booked online or by calling (029) 2023 0130.

There will be copies of the anthology on sale, as well as refreshments.

More details on the museum’s website

The Wilding Eye reviewed in the New Statesman

Olivia Byard’s new collection The Wilding Eye: New and Selected Poems has been reviewed in the New Statesman:

“The titles of the two collections from which these new and selected poems are taken – Strange Horses and From a Benediction – are a good indication of Olivia Byard’s terrain. She scans nature’s hinterlands (where “sweet riot and tangle” pushes through the cracks) for meaning, and she keeps watch for the “roaming monsters” of our land: whether they are mythical beasts that adorn cathedral walls, or our fallen political masters, sending “texts in the vernacular” in “faded jeans and sneakers”. At times impassioned, at others frail, Byard’s verse memorably locates our position in the world.”

Find out more and purchase The Wilding Eye here

Dazzle Ship reviewed

“What’s better than opening a page at random and feeling the earth jump?”

So asks Sarah Hopkins in a recent rave review of Isabel Galleymore’s debut pamphlet Dazzle Ship. Sarah goes on to write:

“Galleymore’s collection is seismic; surreal, daring assertions of simbiosis and cause and effects. It shakes off any trace of the banal; bold ideas hide in the odd interplay of delicate natural images.  The thought and writing is too sophisticated to doubt, and you can’t see how its done; it’s unique. As each poem’s exquisite logic slowly unravels, the strange and subtle connectedness of all living things becomes indisputable. It excites me but I’ve been caught like this before so tested it out with multiple readings, and it didn’t fall apart. It wasn’t a trick of artifice, or a conceit, and I wanted to leave everything behind and move into this perception where all is one. I like a poem to shift you somewhere better. So it’s exciting, and I’m struggling here and there, but surprised, delighted and confronted. Do tiny actions really have momentous outcomes across time and space? Are animals and humans working together even when they don’t know it?  Is it impossible for us to ever extricate ourselves from each other?  You can’t land on the same spot after reading Galleymore’s interpretations of interdependence.”

Read the full review on Stride Magazine here.  Read another review of Dazzle Ship in Ambit magazine here.

Find out more and purchase Dazzle Ship for £7 here.