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Sweet, like Rinky-Dink

by Mark Waldron Bloodaxe Books (May 23, 2019)

Sometimes metaphysical, sometimes apparently confessional, sometimes challenging, often hilarious, Mark Waldron's poems take you by the arm and usher you in to a dark/light, funny/sad, silly/serious world which...

Hand & Skull

by Zoe Brigley Bloodaxe Books (May 23, 2019)

Zoë Brigley’s third collection Hand & Skull draws on early memories of the Welsh landscape and the harshness of rural life as well as on her later immersion in the American landscape and her perception of...

What Planet

by Miriam Gamble Bloodaxe Books (May 23, 2019)

The poems in Miriam Gamble’s third collection journey surreally through scenes and landscapes at once of the world and of the mind, finding little, as they go, that 'can be claimed self-evident'. By turns...

The Anatomical Venus

by Helen Ivory Bloodaxe Books (May 23, 2019)

An Anatomical Venus - which gives this book its title - was an eighteenth-century anatomical wax sculpture of an idealised woman, a heady mix of eroticism, death and biological verisimilitude. Venus could be...

The Coming of the Little Green Man

by John Agard Bloodaxe Books (October 25, 2018)

John Agard has been broadening the canvas of British poetry for the past 40 years with his mischievous, satirical fables which overturn all our expectations. In The Coming of the Little Green Man, his eighth...


by Peter Bennet Bloodaxe Books (November 15, 2018)

Peter Bennet is a storyteller who reinvents the world each time he writes, and does so with linguistic resourcefulness and panache, bold imaginative strokes, subversive connections, and dark wit. He has also...

Out of Range

by Nick Drake Bloodaxe Books (November 15, 2018)

Nick Drake’s fourth collection, Out of Range, explores the strange interconnections and confronting emergencies – the signs, wonders and alarms - of the early 21st century. Here are elegies for the Whitechapel...

Somewhere Else Entirely

by Ruth Fainlight Bloodaxe Books (November 15, 2018)

Ruth Fainlight is one of Britain's most distinguished poets. Born in New York City, she has lived mostly in England since the age of 15, publishing her first collection, Cages, in 1966, and her retrospective,...

Negative of a Group Photograph

by Azita Ghahreman & Maura Dooley Bloodaxe Books (October 25, 2018)

Negative of a Group Photograph brings together three decades of poems by the leading Iranian poet Azita Ghahreman. Born in Mashhad in 1962 and based in Sweden since 2006, Ghahreman is the author of five highly...

Selected Poetry

by Friedrich Holderlin Bloodaxe Books (November 15, 2018)

Friedrich Hölderlin was one of Europe’s greatest poets. The strange and beautiful language of his late poems is recreated by David Constantine in these remarkable verse translations. This is a new expanded...

Collected Poems

by Ken Smith Bloodaxe Books (October 25, 2018)

Ken Smith (1938-2003) was a major voice in world poetry, his work and example inspiring a whole generation of younger British poets. His politically edgy, cuttingly colloquial, muscular poetry poetry shifted...

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...


by Clare Shaw Bloodaxe Books (June 21, 2018)

The territory of Clare Shaw’s third collection isn’t one she chose herself, but one which chose her: the flooded valley and the ruined home. The 2015 floods in Britain left whole swathes of the country submerged,...

Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods

by Tishani Doshi Bloodaxe Books (May 24, 2018)

Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods is Tishani Doshi's third book of poems, following two earlier, highly praised collections, Everything Belongs Elsewhere, published by Bloodaxe in 2012, and her debut, Countries...


by Ailbhe Darcy Bloodaxe Books (May 24, 2018)

A new child should mean new hope. But what if that’s no longer so? Ailbhe Darcy’s second collection unfolds in an intimate world, in which the words home and love dominate. But the private world is threatened...

My Life as a Painter

by Matthew Sweeney Bloodaxe Books (April 26, 2018)

Matthew Sweeney’s palette in My Life as a Painter – his twelfth collection – features a wild mix of birds and animals: lizards, snakes, rats, camels, donkeys, feral cats, dogs and owls. One dog transmits...

Out of the Ashes

by Frieda Hughes Bloodaxe Books (May 24, 2018)

Frieda Hughes's fable-like poems draw on her early years in Devon and Yorkshire, a lifelong engagement with nature and itinerant wildlife, and later experiences when living in Australia, London, and most recently,...

The Barbarians' Return

by Mircea Dinescu, Adam J Sorkin & Lidia Vianu Bloodaxe Books (April 26, 2018)

For the past 50 years, Mircea Dinescu has been one of Romanian poetry’s most provocative and obstinately singular poets. After starting out as a love poet, or so he thought, he was surprised to discover that...

Then What

by Gintaras Grajauskas & Rimas Uzgiris Bloodaxe Books (April 26, 2018)

With the demise of the Soviet Union, Lithuania jumped from a neo-romantic modernism straight into the postmodern wasteland of unfettered capitalism. Pensions disappeared along with jobs. Everything underwent...


by Gillian Allnutt Bloodaxe Books (May 24, 2018)

When Gillian Allnutt was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, Carol Ann Duffy wrote that her work ‘has always been in conversation with the natural world and the spiritual life’. Her latest collection,...

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,...

Luck is the Hook

by Imtiaz Dharker Bloodaxe Books (March 29, 2018)

Imtiaz Dharker grew up a Muslim Calvinist in a Lahori household in Glasgow, was adopted by India and married into Wales. Her main themes are drawn from a life of transitions: childhood, exile, journeying, home,...


by Abigail Parry Bloodaxe Books (March 29, 2018)

?Jinx: a ruinous charm, a quickdraw curse, a knight’s move.

Abigail Parry’s first collection is concerned with spells, and ersatz spells: with semblance and sleight-of-hand. It takes its formal cues from...

The Wound Register

by Esther Morgan Bloodaxe Books (March 29, 2018)

The Wound Register, or Casualty Book – which gives this book its title – is an official record of the casualty and sickness details for more than fifteen thousand soldiers of the Norfolk Regiment during...

Days of Grace

by Doris Kareva & Miriam McIlfatrick-Ksenofontov Bloodaxe Books (April 12, 2018)

Doris Kareva is one of Estonia’s leading poets, admired especially for poems that balance precision and control with passion and bravado. Her achievement, according to Estonian Literature, is in writing poems...


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’,...