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An English Anthology

by Leonard Nolens & Paul Vincent Carcanet Poetry (November 29, 2018)

‘I was born in Belgium, I’m Belgian. / But Belgium was never born in me.’ So writes Leonard Nolens in ‘Place and Date’, which captures a mood of political and social disillusionment amid a generation...


by Chris Wallace-Crabbe Carcanet Poetry (August 30, 2018)

Chris Wallace-Crabbe’s Rondo harvests a decade’s worth of new writing by one of Australia’s foremost poets. It paints a vivid portrait of eucalypt Australia’s current position in an rapidly changing...


by Gabriel Levin Carcanet Poetry (August 30, 2018)

Errant, Gabriel Levin’s sixth collection, opens and ends with invocations: of Venus at dawn and Hesperus at dusk. The book’s day takes us on a three-part planetary journey. ‘What Drew Me On’ is inspired...

The Third Mandarin

by Frank Kuppner Carcanet Poetry (August 30, 2018)

Frank Kuppner’s The Third Mandarin contains 501 quatrains in five ‘books’. It collages an alternative Imperial China of drunk poets, grumpy sages, and sex-starved emperors. The poems riff on a variety...

The Hotel Eden

by Beverley Bie Brahic Carcanet Poetry (August 30, 2018)

‘Madame Martin will throw back her shutters at eight…’ With these words Beverley Bie Brahic opens The Hotel Eden, a book about seeing the world. She moves through – Paris, the French provinces, the American...

Translations from Memory

by Fred D'aguiar Carcanet Poetry (August 01, 2018)

The memories from which Fred D’Aguiar translates these poems are cultural and personal, from the anciencies of the Gilgamesh epic to the modern world, from classical philosophy to C.L.R. James and Aimé Césaire,...

A Full Cone

by Miles Champion Carcanet Poetry (August 01, 2018)

A Full Cone presents the twenty poems from Miles Champion’s 2014 collection, How to Laugh, alongside some thirty pages of new and recent work, and a selection of early poems. 

'It has often been noted that...

Heroines from Abroad

by Christine Marendon & Ken Cockburn Carcanet Poetry (July 26, 2018)

Heroines from Abroad introduces a vibrant new voice to the English language. Christine Marendon’s enigmatic, meditative poems, translated here from the German and collected for the first time, draw on dreams,...

Desolate Market

by Julian Turner Carcanet Poetry (July 26, 2018)

Julian Turner’s Desolate Market takes as its tuning fork a line from William Blake’s Vela, or the 4 Zoas: ‘Wisdom is sold in the desolate market where none come to buy.’ Fascinated by the interaction...

The White Silhouette

by James Harpur Carcanet Poetry (June 28, 2018)

At the heart of James Harpur’s The White Silhouette is a meditative poem inspired by the Book of Kells – a poem that follows threads into themes such as the nature of the divine, the efficacy of sacred art,...

Dear Pilgrims

by John F. Deane Carcanet Poetry (June 28, 2018)

With ‘Crocus: a brief history’, John F. Deane sets his Dear Pilgrims in motion, a series of brief histories of time, a time that is rich in incident and in redemption. In a decisively secular age, Deane’s...

All Under One Roof

by Evelyn Schlag & Karen Leeder Carcanet Poetry (June 28, 2018)

The Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation for Summer 2018

The Austrian poet and novelist Evelyn Schlag, whose 2004 Selected Poems received the coveted Schlegel Tieck Prize, returns with All under One Roof...

Arcimboldo’s Bulldog

by Tim Liardet Carcanet Poetry (June 12, 2018)

In Arcimboldo’s famous seventeenth-century Mannerist portraits, the sitter’s face is composed of organic matter. In subordinating a mixture of elements into an unrelated whole, imagination can transform...

The Multiverse

by Andrew Wynn Owen Carcanet Poetry (May 31, 2018)

The Multiverse, Andrew Wynn Owen’s first book of poems, sings of science, philosophy, and religion, testing the emotional valences of each. It sings in a variety of strictly observed metres and with rhyme....

Now We Can Talk Openly About Men

by Martina Evans Carcanet Poetry (May 31, 2018)

Martina Evans’s Now We Can Talk Openly about Men is a pair of dramatic monologues, snapshots of the lives of two women in 1920s Ireland. The first, Kitty Donovan, is a dressmaker in the time of the Irish War...

New Poetries VII

by Michael Schmidt Carcanet Poetry (April 26, 2018)

From the first New Poetries anthology, published in 1994, through to this seventh volume, the series has showcased some of the most engaging and inventive new poets writing in English from around the world....

Venus as a Bear

by Vahni Capildeo Carcanet Poetry (April 26, 2018)

The Poetry Book Society Summer 2018 Choice.

Vahni Capildeo’s Venus as a Bear collects poems on animals, art, language, the sea, thinghood, metaphor, description, and dance. They tend toward, and tend to, the...

Rough Breathing

by Harry Gilonis Carcanet Poetry (March 29, 2018)

For over three decades Harry Gilonis’s poetry has milled cheerfully in the literary avant-garde: Rough Breathing is the first substantial gathering of his poems. Most previously appeared in small-press publications...

Shrines of Upper Austria

by Phoebe Power Carcanet Poetry (February 22, 2018)

A Poetry Book Society Recommendation.

Wandering in central Europe, a traveller observes and records a landscape of lakes, folk culture and uneasy histories. Phoebe Power’s Shrines of Upper Austria gathers numerous...


by Oli Hazzard Carcanet Poetry (February 22, 2018)

Oli Hazzard’s Blotter consists of five sequences, each constructed using a different process. In ‘Graig Syfyrddin’ notes on hillwalking in the Welsh marches – the poet’s former home – alternate with...

Unearthly Toys

by Ned Denny Carcanet Poetry (February 22, 2018)

Ned Denny's Unearthly Toys are treacherous playthings, as rigorously structured as they are thematically unsettling, a 'rhapsody of rags gathered from several dung-hills, excrements of authors, toys and fopperies...

The Magic of What's There

by David Morley Carcanet Poetry (November 30, 2017)

In his bold new collection, David Morley, winner of the Ted Hughes Award, casts off the worlds of myth and magical fable to focus on the fiercely personal. ‘Love teaches you how to mind / And how to mend’,...

The Little Sublime Comedy

by John Gallas Carcanet Poetry (November 30, 2017)

In The Little Sublime Comedy John Gallas reanimates one of the great works of world literature for the twenty-first century. Relocated from medieval Italy to modern-day New Zealand, Dante’s Divine Comedy is...


by Claudine Toutoungi Carcanet Poetry (November 30, 2017)

Smoothie is Claudine Toutoungi’s debut collection of poems. It takes a tender, exuberant and deliciously dark look at our desire to be heard, whatever the cost; a desire that can be treacherous, comical and...

Sarajevo Roses

by Rory Waterman Carcanet Poetry (November 30, 2017)

Sarajevo Roses is Rory Waterman’s second collection of poems. From the start we are in the company of a poet on the move . On sleeper trains, in cars and on foot, Waterman takes us into Mediterranean Europe,...

The President of Planet Earth

by David Wheatley Carcanet Poetry (November 30, 2017)

In his fifth collection of poems, David Wheatley twins his birthplace and his current home, Ireland and Scotland, to engage issues of globalism, identity, and language. He takes inspiration from the Russian...

In Darkest Capital

by Drew Milne Carcanet Poetry (November 30, 2017)

In Darkest Capital gathers all of Drew Milne’s poems up to 2017, including two major uncollected sequences, ‘Blueprints & Ziggurats’ and ‘Lichens for Marxists’. A Scottish poet working out of the modernist...

Crossing the Mirror Line

by Judith Willson Carcanet Poetry (November 30, 2017)

Crossing the Mirror Line explores doubleness, the unsettling symmetries of mirrored reflections, the magician’s disorientating art that ‘makes nothing appear’. Artists’ mannequins and watchful children...

Love in Another Language

by Dick Davis Carcanet Poetry (November 30, 2017)

In Love in Another Language Dick Davis is shown to be the outstanding formal poet of his generation, a master of rhyme and metre, a poet worthy of keeping company with the best lyric writers in our tradition....

On Trust

by James Womack Carcanet Poetry (November 30, 2017)

On Trust: A Book of Lies, James Womack’s second collection of poems, is organised around the notion of telling the truth. Working against ideas of poetry as a vehicle for displaying individual truths or unprocessed...


by Sasha Dugdale Carcanet Poetry (November 30, 2017)

Winner of the 2017 Poetry Book Society Winter Choice Award.

Contains the poem 'Joy' - Winner of the 2016 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem.

Sasha Dugdale’s fourth Carcanet collection, Joy, features the poem...

Farm by the Shore

by Thomas A Clark Carcanet Poetry (September 15, 2017)

In Farm by the Shore, Thomas A Clark explores the landscape and culture of the Scottish highlands and islands through experience of covering the ground. His notations and fragments keep the precarious balance...


by James Davies Carcanet Poetry (August 15, 2017)

stack is a book-length poem, and the debut Carcanet title of one of the UK's rising poetry talents. Described by its author as a document of 'minimalist interventions', the small descriptions that make up stack...

Was and Is: Collected Poems

by Neil Powell Carcanet Poetry (January 15, 2017)

There are two kinds of Collected Poems, one of which presents an author's work exactly as it first appeared volume-by-volume. This is the other sort. In preparing this volume, Neil Powell has returned to his...

Moon for Sale

by Richard Price Carcanet Poetry (January 01, 2017)

Price's most ‘live' or ‘performative' work to date, the poems in Moon for Sale are sensual and shapeshifting and unfold like a series of haunting dreams. The collection begins with a poem about the...

Peelin Orange: Collected Poems

by Mervyn Morris Carcanet Poetry (January 01, 2017)

Peelin Orange is the definitive Collected Poems by one of Jamaica's leading voices, the current Poet Laureate, Mervyn Morris. These poems explore the everyday, the erotic, love and the melancholy and comedy...


by Henri Alain-Fournier & Anthony Costello Carcanet Poetry (November 15, 2016)

Alain-Fournier's poems, while relatively few, are one of the small pearls washed up in the maelstrom of early twentieth-century France. Best known for his novel Le Grand Meaulnes, a posthumous classic, Alain-Fournier...


by Thomas McCarthy Carcanet Poetry (November 15, 2016)

Written in the wake of Ireland's 2008 economic collapse, Thomas McCarthy's Pandemonium moves between lament and protest in search of a meaningful response in language. Many of the poems were written during a...

The Occupant

by Jane Draycott Carcanet Poetry (November 15, 2016)

In galleries and living rooms, on trains and trams and buses, mysterious scenes are briefly illuminated, their occupants caught in 'some small act' or dream - in the National Gallery a gardener steals part of...

Poems Without Irony

by Alex Wong Carcanet Poetry (November 15, 2016)

Shortlisted for The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry First Collection Prize 2017.  Alex Wong's debut collection Poems Without Irony is a miscellaneous assemblage of aesthetic experiments with diction, syntax...

The Met Office Advises Caution

by Rebecca Watts Carcanet Poetry (September 15, 2016)

Shortlisted for The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry First Collection Prize 2017. Rebecca Watts's debut collection is a witty, warm-hearted guide to the English landscape, and a fresh take on nature poetry. In...

The Number Poems

by Matthew Welton Carcanet Poetry (September 15, 2016)

The Number Poems occupies the playful middle ground between tradition and experiment. An innovative and unconventional poet, Welton presents us with poems which fuse techniques like rhyme or iambic metre with...

Playing the Octopus

by Mary O'Malley Carcanet Poetry (August 15, 2016)

In Playing the Octopus, her eighth collection of poems, Mary O'Malley's sensitivity to the spirit of Ireland's west coast is as attuned as ever. In a world both earthen and dreamlike, bodily and mythical, a...