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Memorial to the Future

by Volker von Törne, Jean Boase-Beier & Anthony Vivis Arc Publications (September 07, 2018)

It is no coincidence that the poet Volker von Törne was, for many years, the Director of Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste (Action for Atonement - Service for Peace), the German charitable organisation for...

Return of the Gift

by Michael O'Neill Arc Publications (July 09, 2018)

Michael O'Neill's Return of the Gift is a volume about what is given and what is lost. Writing unsentimentally and with insight about powerful subjects such as the death of his mother, caring for his father,...


by Pippa Little Arc Publications (June 29, 2018)

Twist is a slant look at the connections binding us together – familial, social, political – in poems which range from the curious and disturbing to memories and evocations of the ordinary magic at work...

The Nameless Places

by Richard Lambert Arc Publications (February 08, 2018)

A hotel with mysterious guests, a city where the moon wanders, an abandoned seaside pavilion, are some of the places visited in this, Richard Lambert's second collection. Structured around a movement from city...

Window-cleaner Sees Paintings

by Menno Wigman & David Colmer Arc Publications (February 08, 2018)

The master of pulsing, post-modern poetic rhythms, Menno Wigman's reputation is assured as one of the Netherlands' leading poets. And as perhaps his country's most exciting poet in terms of form: "a craftsman...

Surrealist, Lover, Resistant

by Robert Desnos & Timothy Adès Arc Publications (October 19, 2017)

Hailed as the 'prophet' of the Surrealist movement by André Breton, Desnos was a hugely influential figure across all art forms at the time, and yet today his work is completely underrepresented in the English...


by Josep Lluís Aguiló & Anna Crowe Arc Publications (July 25, 2017)

In 2008 this book, Llunari (Lunarium) was the winner of the Prize Jocs Florals de Barcelona and Josep Lluís Aguiló was appointed Poet Laureate of the City of Barcelona during the period 2008-2009. It takes...

Approximately in the Key of C

by Tony Curtis Arc Publications (March 13, 2017)

Curtis's humour and charm, ability to turn a poem with the seemingly simplest of images, and that understanding of how words will play over the listener's ear, are hallmarks brought to the fore on the page......

Half-light and Other Poems

by Yevgeny Baratynsky & Peter France Arc Publications (March 13, 2017)

Half-Light & Other Poems brings together the most important and enduring poems by this neglected writer, one of Russia's great 19th century poets. In a new translation by Peter France, the philosophical, social...

The Bright Rose

by Philip Wilson Arc Publications (March 13, 2017)

These translations of some of the earliest known German poetry give us a rich glimpse of a life that, while alien in so many ways, was not so different after all. The Minnesang poets, for example, engage in...

Indelible, Miraculous

by Julia Darling Arc Publications (November 04, 2016)

This collected edition commemorates the 10th anniversary of Julia Darling's death, and includes a substantial selection of unpublished work. Jackie Kay writes: "The poems are funny, irreverent, moving and never...

Regarding the Next Big Occasion

by Larissa Miller & Richard McKane Arc Publications (December 11, 2015)

Larissa Miller's poems take the reader on a peculiar voyage of unforgettable, potent, and arresting images. Through an array of bewildered speakers Miller leaps from the habitual world into the absurd and places...

Come to Me

by Krlis Vrdiņš & Ieva Lešinska Arc Publications (November 30, 2015)

A modern sensibility suffused with urban sophistication. In everyday scenes he shows us what’s most noble in human relationships, alongside the basest fears and anxieties. Irony and sarcasm somehow never seem...

Self-Portrait with a Swarm of Bees

by Jan Wagner & Iain Galbraith Arc Publications (November 13, 2015)

Self-Portrait with a Swarm of Bees combines the poet's unerring instinct for the surprising perspective on commonplace objects or events with a mischievous delight in the detail of the absurd. Wagner is a vigilant,...

Selected Poems from Les Fleurs du Mal

by Charles Baudelaire & Jan Owen Arc Publications (November 03, 2015)

Jan Owen's masterly translation captures all of Baudelaire's passion and anguish in a selection that includes many of Baudelaire's best known poems - including those banned from 1857 edition - as well as some...

A Landscape Blossoms Within Me

by Eeva Kilpi & Donald Adamson Arc Publications (July 13, 2015)

Eeva Kilpi is one of Finland's best-loved writers, and a Nobel Prize nominee. Her work has been published in sixteen languages, but this is her first full-length poetry collection in English. Kilpi's poems,...

Those April Fevers

by Mary O'Donnell Arc Publications (April 24, 2015)

This vibrant collection, building on the rich strengths of The Ark Builders, serves as a generous introduction to Mary O'Donnell's work to those yet to discover her expansive visions and powerful voice.

White Coins

by James Byrne Arc Publications (March 27, 2015)

White Coins rewards the reader with a nomadic poetry for the 21st century; one that mingles personal, social and historical spaces whilst celebrating, at all times, linguistic versatility and innovation.

Finite Formulae and Theories of Chance

by Wioletta Greg & Marek Kazmierski Arc Publications (December 17, 2014)

One hundred years since the outbreak of the First World War, the Polish poet Wioletta Greg undertakes a literary journey through her own family history, exploring in both poetry and prose a century of life,...

Crimsoning the Eagle's Claw

by Rognvaldr Kali Kolsson & Ian Crockatt Arc Publications (September 19, 2014)

A genuinely unique European treasure, this volume bristles with the Viking verses of Rognvaldr, Earl of Orkney, recorded in Orkneyinga Saga. Full of highly stylised, often grotesque images, Ian Crockatt’s...

Dry Stone Work

by Brian Johnstone Arc Publications (August 19, 2014)

A grounded yet playful collection from an assured poet, flexing his muscles into newer territory. As well as the deep lineage of rural landscapes that populated previous collections, here Johnstone treats us...

While I Am Drawing Breath

by Rose Ausländer, Jean Boase-Beier & Anthony Vivis Arc Publications (July 23, 2014)

The experience of living in the Chernovtsy ghetto under the Nazis remains a dark undertow of all the poetry Ausländer wrote, though she rarely addresses it explicitly. The hardships of a life in hiding, the...

Gangs of Shadow

by Michael O'Neill Arc Publications (June 01, 2014)

When Michael O'Neill senses "gangs / of shadow halfbeckoning from twilit water", the moment is eerily alluring as well as scary. Fusions of feeling recur throughout a book that has something of the 'dash' and...

Carnival Edge: New & Selected Poems

by Katherine Gallagher Arc Publications (May 23, 2014)

This collection draws work from 5 of Gallagher's previous collections, together with a substantial body of new work. Born in Australia, Gallagher moved to Paris before settling in London. She draws on a rich...

Pure Contradiction: Selected Poems

by Rainer Maria Rilke & Ian Crockatt Arc Publications (May 13, 2014)

Bilingual Edition. Awarded the SchlegelTieck Prize 2013 for translation from German. In his powerful new translation, skilfully shaped into current English, Ian Crockatt succeeds in catching Rilke's blend of...

Inside Voices, Outside Light

by Sigurður Pálsson & Martin Regal Arc Publications (May 06, 2014)

This bilingual book presents poems from Pálsson's ten collections written between 19802008. Swirling with imagery, they reveal a poet committed to unearthing the joy of living connected to the natural world....

The Spanish-Italian Border

by Róisín Tierney Arc Publications (April 28, 2014)

As the title suggests, this is a book that contorts the world we know, oddly fluid and yet grounded in subjects that range from rural Ireland to submaritime journeys to Spain, from unheard of languages to ghost...

The End of the Trial of Man

by Paul Stubbs Arc Publications (April 08, 2014)

Confident in his use of Christian icons, nothing is ‘sacred’ to Paul Stubbs who is as prepared to write as God and Pope as he is Adam (and Eve). Using paintings by Francis Bacon as their starting points,...


by Pedro Serrano & Anna Crowe Arc Publications (March 18, 2014)

The poems in the first fulllength collection to be published in the UK by the acclaimed Mexican poet Pedro Serrano are taken from Desplazamientos, a volume of selected poems which draws on all his collections...

The Sublime Song of a Maybe

by Arjen Duinker & Willem Groenewegen Arc Publications (March 03, 2014)

Arjen Duinker is one of Holland's most highly regarded poets, with seven collections of poetry to his name, and an array of prizes, including the prestigious Jan Campert Prize in 2001 for the best collection...

To the Silenced

by Georg Trakl & Will Stone Arc Publications (February 21, 2014)

Although the Austrian poet Georg Trakl was born over a century ago, the mesmerizing imagery and haunting visions of his highly sensitive and morbidly introspective poetry are as powerful today as they were when...

Dinner with Fish and Mirrors

by Ivana Milankov, James Sutherland-Smith & Zorica Petrovi Arc Publications (January 14, 2014)

Milankov’s poetry allows us to glimpse a modernism that draws part of its reference from the presence of the Roman Empire and surrounding ancient civilisations of the Middle East. In this outstanding translation...


by Emile Verhaeren, Will Stone & Patrick McGuinness Arc Publications (December 12, 2013)

Dubbed the 'European Walt Whitman' Emile Verhaeren is a proEuropean idealist, whose poetry explores his overriding notion of mankind advancing to a promised land where vital creative energies and new technology...

Talking Vrouz

by Valérie Rouzeau & Susan Wicks Arc Publications (December 04, 2013)

PBS Recommended Translation Winter 2013. Talking Vrouz is the second collection by the prizewinning French poet Valérie Rouzeau to be published by Arc, and it sees the return of her formidable poetic voice....

Nothing More

by Krystyna Milobedzka & Elzbieta Wojcik-Leese Arc Publications (November 29, 2013)

Mi?ob?dzka's poetry crystallizes relationships between people from erotic engagements to the bond between mother and child. These are poems rooted in the earth and body, beginning in a physical experience that...

Seizing: Places

by Hélène Dorion & Patrick McGuinness Arc Publications (November 25, 2013)

Seizing: Places (Ravir: Les Lieux) was awarded the Prix Mallarmé in 2005, the first time that a Canadian had won this prestigious prize. It is arguably Hélène Dorion's most ambitious work to date, consisting...

Six Finnish Poets

by Vesa Haapala, Janne Nummela & Teemu Manninen Arc Publications (November 18, 2013)

Six Finnish Poets, the eleventh volume in this series, features six writers whose work is symbolic of the connection between the life of poetry in Finland and the life of the poets who write it. In Finland,...

Woman's Head as Jug

by Jackie Wills Arc Publications (November 18, 2013)

This collection is about women's experiences of work, the city, menopause and ancestry. The poems have a touch as deft as the seamstresses and other craftspeople who populate the book. They are funny, political...

Bones Will Crow

by ko ko thett & James Byrne Arc Publications (November 01, 2013)

This is the first anthology of contemporary Burmese poets published in the West, and includes the work of Burmese poets who have been in exile and in prison. The poems include global references from a culture...

Six Armenian Poets

by Hrachya Sarukhan, Arminé Tamrazian & Razmik Davoyan Arc Publications (August 07, 2013)

The bedrock of Armenian poetry is a strong and revered folklore tradition that has produced many outstanding poets from the Middle Ages to modern times, both in Eastern and Western Armenia. As the country and...


by Michael Hulse Arc Publications (July 29, 2013)

Lucid narratives of family dramas, global warming, and conversations with Death make a riveting new collection from this prizewinning poet. The poems swing between Mexico City, New York, the Peloponnese, a Staffordshire...

In a Time of Burning

by Cheran, Lakshmi Holmström & Sascha Ebeling Arc Publications (July 18, 2013)

This selection of poems by Cheran, one of the most important poets writing in Tamil today, charts the civil war in Sri Lanka of more than three decades, and its aftermath, in a narrative set against a landscape...


by Víctor Rodríguez Núñez & Katherine M. Hedeen Arc Publications (July 03, 2013)

Thaw is a book length sequence of short (all 10 lines long) poems. Like haiku, at first glance these seem simple meditations on nature, that, when given time, open out into a larger reflections on human experience,...

Six Latvian Poets

by Anna Auziņa, Ingmra Balode & Ieva Lešinska Arc Publications (June 11, 2013)

An anthology showcasing the generation of Latvian poets who started writing and publishing after the country gained independence following the disintegration of the Soviet Union. All six have been shortlisted...

As I Said

by Lev Loseff & G. S. Smith Arc Publications (June 11, 2013)

These poems are written from across the poet's life, contemplating his native land of Russia from both a literal and a figurative distance, while at the same time casting a sometimes jaundiced eye on the alien...

Blood / Sugar

by James Byrne Arc Publications (June 11, 2013)

James Byrne is Editor and cofounder of The Wolf poetry magazine. Blood / Sugar, his second collection, sparkles with wit and irony. He maintains great technical proficiency in his verse structuring, moving effortlessly...

The Ballads of Kukutis

by Marcelijus Martinaitis & Laima Vinc Arc Publications (June 11, 2013)

Set in the Stalinist era, when Lithuania's farmers lost everything to the process of collectivization, this book documents the life of the village idiot/trickster Kukutis. Unable to comprehend the strictures...


by Gerður Kristný & Rory McTurk Arc Publications (June 11, 2013)

Bloodhoof is the recasting into compulsively spare modern verse of an ancient Eddic poem but this only begins to hint at its attractions. It is a minimalist epic telling of the abduction of Gerdur Gymisdottir...

When the Barbarians Arrive

by Alvin Pang Arc Publications (June 11, 2013)

This is a new and selected works, with some poems taken from Alvin Pang's previous three collections. The selection ranges from unsentimental love poems to sharply satirical writing; here are poems that are...

Six Catalan Poets

by Josep Lluís Aguiló, Elies Barberà & Pere Ballart Arc Publications (June 11, 2013)

History shows how Catalan culture has overcome critical situations far more adverse than the present. The Catalan language has not been replaced and this anthology contains four Catalans, one Valencian and one...