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Poems & Fragments

by Sappho & Josephine Balmer Bloodaxe Books (August 01, 2018)

This second, expanded edition of Josephine Balmer’s classic translation of the Greek poet Sappho has new, recently-discovered fragments, including the Brothers Poem, the Kypris Song and the Cologne Fragment....


by Hafez & Mario Petrucci Bloodaxe Books (September 27, 2018)

Hafez is among the most celebrated of Persian mystic poets, thriving alongside such towering figures as Rumi and Saadi. Ubiquitous in Iran, he has also been hugely influential in the West. Interpreted variously...


by Kate Potts Bloodaxe Books (September 27, 2018)

These poems are luminous despatches from the charged, porous boundary between ‘animal’ and ‘human’. They pull apart and remake definitions and categorisations of wildness and civilisation, training their...

Pretend You Don't Know Me

by Finuala Dowling Bloodaxe Books (September 27, 2018)

Pretend You Don’t Know Me brings together in one volume the best of Finuala Dowling’s funny, poignant and idiosyncratic poetry from four earlier prize-winning collections, with a section devoted to new poems....

States of Happiness

by Suzanne Batty Bloodaxe Books (September 27, 2018)

States of Happiness, Suzanne Batty’s second full-length collection, begins with an extended sequence written in memory of her twin sister. This explores their relationship from shared birth to her twin’s...

The English River

by Virginia Astley Bloodaxe Books (June 21, 2018)

Virginia Astley has been a much admired songwriter and musician since the 1980s, known for her engaging lyrics as well as for her melodious style. Now her other two passions take centre stage in this book: poetry...

Blackbird, Bye Bye

by Moniza Alvi Bloodaxe Books (June 21, 2018)

Moniza Alvi's new book is unified by birds. Her creations 'Motherbird' and 'Fatherbird' are inspired by her parents, and by the loss of her father and by his emigration from Pakistan. Among the many bird-related...

Isn't Forever

by Amy Key Bloodaxe Books (June 21, 2018)

Poetry Book Society Wild Card Choice. Amy Key’s Isn’t Forever is a grimoire for feminine selfhood in a world where a sense of self is flimsy, elusive and unrequited. The poems in this book are obsessive...

Assembly Lines

by Jane Commane Bloodaxe Books (February 22, 2018)

Assembly Lines asks what it means to be here and now, in post-industrial towns and cities of the heartlands that are forever on the periphery. From schools and workplaces and lives lived in ‘a different town,...

A Quarter of an Hour

by Leanne O'Sullivan Bloodaxe Books (February 22, 2018)

In 2013, Leanne O’Sullivan’s husband Andrew suffered a severe infection in his brain. He spent just over three weeks in a coma, during which time his temperature soared to 42 degrees. When he finally woke...

Negative Space

by Luljeta Lleshanaku & Ani Gjika Bloodaxe Books (February 22, 2018)

Albania’s Luljeta Lleshanaku grew up in negative space, living under family house arrest during the years of Enver Hoxha’s autocratic communist rule. Her recent poems are a response to what was missing then,...


by Inger Christensen & Susannah Nied Bloodaxe Books (February 22, 2018)

Inger Christensen (1935-2009) was both a virtuoso and a paradox. Her fiction, drama, essays and children’s books won her wide acclaim in Denmark and other European countries, but it is her poetry – spanning...

Hello. Your promise has been extracted

by Ahren Warner Bloodaxe Books (November 23, 2017)

Hello. Your promise has been extracted is Ahren Warner’s third collection of poems, a book in which the lyric runs in parallel with a series of photographs made by the author across Europe. From Paris, Berlin...

The Sea-Migrations

by Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf & Clare Pollard Bloodaxe Books (November 23, 2017)

Although Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf has lived in exile in the UK for 20 years, she is fast emerging as one of the most outstanding Somali poets, as well as a powerful woman poet in a literary tradition still largely...

The Sun of Hereafter • Ebb of the Senses

by Ana Blandiana, Paul Scott Derrick & Viorica Patea Bloodaxe Books (November 23, 2017)

Ana Blandiana is one of Romania’s foremost poets, a leading dissident before the fall of Communism, and now her country’s strongest candidate for the Nobel Prize. A prominent opponent of the Ceausescu regime,...


by Robyn Bolam Bloodaxe Books (November 23, 2017)

Robyn Bolam's new collection, Hyem, explores what and who makes us feel at home. Both people, and creatures – from whales off Kaikoura in New Zealand, New Forest cicadas, fish in the Thames, wrens, robins...

The Mighty Stream

by Carolyn Forche & Jackie Kay Bloodaxe Books (November 23, 2017)

When he was awarded an honorary degree in civil law at Newcastle University in 1967, Dr Martin Luther King gave an electrifying extemporaneous address, speaking without notes, in which he said: ‘There are...

Land of Three Rivers

by Neil Astley Bloodaxe Books (November 23, 2017)

Land of Three Rivers is a celebration of North-East England in poetry, featuring its places and people, culture, history, language and stories in poems and songs with both rural and urban settings. Taking its...

Mama Amazonica

Ondaatje Prize 2018

by Pascale Petit Bloodaxe Books (September 28, 2017)

Mama Amazonica is set in a psychiatric ward and in the Amazon rainforest, an asylum for animals on the brink of extinction. It reveals the story of Pascale Petit’s mentally ill mother and the consequences...

The Darkness of Snow

by Frank Ormsby Bloodaxe Books (September 28, 2017)

The Darkness of Snow is Frank Ormsby's most varied and versatile collection to date. It includes three substantial sets of poems whose themes are refreshingly and sometimes painfully new. One is a suite of poems...

So Glad I'm Me

by Roddy Lumsden Bloodaxe Books (September 28, 2017)

In his tenth collection, Roddy Lumsden returns to some familiar themes in his work: the trials of oneness versus twoness, the seduction of small calamities, and vice versa. And the everyday mysteries, of running...


by Karen McCarthy Woolf Bloodaxe Books (September 28, 2017)

Ten: poets of the new generation presents the work of ten exciting British poets from diverse backgrounds. It is the third anthology from The Complete Works poetry mentoring scheme, a national programme supporting...

Narrative Poem

by Yang Lian & Brian Holton Bloodaxe Books (June 22, 2017)

Before and since his enforced exile from 1989, Yang Lian has been one of the most innovative and influential poets in China. Widely hailed in America and Europe as a highly individual voice in world literature,...

Being Human

by Neil Astley Bloodaxe Books (September 29, 2016)

Being Human is the third book in the Staying Alive poetry trilogy. Staying Alive and its sequel Being Alive introduced many thousands of new readers to contemporary poetry. Being Human is a companion volume...


by Roy Fisher Bloodaxe Books (October 20, 2016)

Poetry Book Society Special Commendation.

Slakki is Old Norse for a shallow depression among hills: ‘Not much of a valley. A Slack,’ writes Roy Fisher, with typical self effacement. But appearances are deceptive...


by Mark Fisher Bloodaxe Books (July 01, 2016)

Ledbury Poetry Festival celebrates its 20th birthday in July 2016.

Britain’s biggest and liveliest poetry festival happens over ten days each July in the Herefordshire market town of Ledbury. Poets from all...

The Months

by Susan Wicks Bloodaxe Books (June 23, 2016)

The Months is a book of poems about time – not only the attritions of time, its ageings, conflicts and illnesses, but also, and more importantly, the kind of time the French philosopher Bergson called ‘duration’,...

Playing the Ghost of Maimonides

by John Agard Bloodaxe Books (June 23, 2016)

John Agard has been broadening the canvas of British poetry for the past 35 years with his mischievous, satirical fables which overturn all our expectations. In this new collection, he puts on the mask of Moses...


by Hannah Lowe Bloodaxe Books (June 23, 2016)

Chan is a mercurial name, representing the travellers and shape-shifters of the poems in this collection. It is one of the many nicknames of Hannah Lowe’s Chinese-Jamaican father, borrowed from the Polish...

Collected Poems: Frances Horovitz

by Frances Horovitz Bloodaxe Books (July 25, 2011)

A.S.J. Tessimond (1902-1962) was one of the most individual, versatile and approachable voices in 20th century poetry. Influenced at first by the Imagists, his poetry is remarkable for its lucidity and formal...

This changes things

by Claire Askew Bloodaxe Books (January 21, 2016)

This changes things is Claire Askew’s first full collection, coming after years of work in Scotland’s flourishing poetry and spoken word scene. Her poems focus on the lives and experiences of women - particularly...

Wild Nights

by Kim Addonizio Bloodaxe Books (October 22, 2015)

America’s Kim Addonizio has been called ‘one of the nation’s most provocative and edgy poets’. Her poetry is renowned both for its gritty, street-wise narrators and for a wicked sense of wit. With passion,...

The Wilderness Party

by A.B. Jackson Bloodaxe Books (September 03, 2015)

With its flighty parables and skewed morality tales, The Wilderness Party is an unforgettable record of turbulent times. These are poems of finely-wrought musicality, bristling energy and playful excess. From...

Love Songs of Carbon

by Philip Gross Bloodaxe Books (September 03, 2015)

Love Songs of Carbon is Philip Gross’s 18th book of poetry, and is a coming of age - inhabiting the ageing body with a confident, inventive curiosity. At the same time searching, tender, intellectually agile,...

Sleeping under the Juniper Tree

by Pauline Stainer Bloodaxe Books (July 07, 2017)

?Pauline Stainer is a poet 'working at the margins of the sacred', conveying sensations 'with an economy of means that is breath-taking...her poems are not merely artefacts, they have an organic life of their...

Splash Like Jesus

by Selima Hill Bloodaxe Books (July 07, 2017)

?Splash Like Jesus brings together three contrasting but complementary, familial poem sequences by 'this brilliant lyricist of human darkness' (Fiona Sampson). Buttercup the Sloth, about mothers; Lobo-Lobo,...


by Chrissy Williams Bloodaxe Books (July 07, 2017)

?The lively 'bears' in this playful and poignant collection will surprise you on every page. They are poems of love and death, life, loss and grief. The ephemera of popular culture is used to confront mortality,...


by Cheryl Follon Bloodaxe Books (February 23, 2017)

A number of years back, our author went to seek out a book by some ancient Greek thinker - the name starting with an L, or perhaps a C - called On Delight of the Nature of Things, or maybe In Delight at the...


by Wayne Holloway-Smith Bloodaxe Books (March 23, 2017)

The mischievous and often dark world of Wayne Holloway-Smith's first collection Alarum exists in the space between the peculiar thought and its dismissal. It is a place in which commonsense is unfixed, where...

Each Happiness Ringed by Lions: Selected Poems

by Jane Hirshfield Bloodaxe Books (December 20, 2016)

"Jane Hirshfield is a visionary, profoundly original American writer whose poems ask nothing less than what it is to be human. Both sensual meditations and passionate investigations, they reveal complex truths...