Tokens for the Foundlings

Tokens for the Foundlings
Tony Curtis
 Carol Rumens's poem of the week 'Coram's Cloth' by Tony Curtis (Guardian online 30th April 2012) "...a delightful, moving anthology..." - The TabletTokens for the Foundlings is an anthology of poetry about childhood published for the benefit of the Foundlings Museum in London, with royalties paid to it. The museum, established by tradesman and ship owner Thomas Coram in 1739 with the support of Hogarth and Handel, was both the first orphanage in Britain and the first public art gallery. It has an ongoing programme of art exhibitions and other events, an educational programme and has an art collection which includes Hogarth and Gainsborough (another supporter) and a collection of manuscripts, books and libretti by Handel.The book is divided into three sections concerning orphans and foundlings, infancy, and early childhood and includes poems by Gillian Clarke, Carol Ann Duffy, Helen Dunmore, Stephen Knight, Don Paterson, Elaine Feinstein, Dannie Abse, Seamus Heaney, David Harsent, Carol Rumens, Kate Bingham, Michael Longley and George Szirtes among many other, all of whom have donated their work.Childhood and parenting are enduring themes for poets and Tokens of the Foundlings offers a unique entry into these subjects through moving and beautiful poems. The foreword is by author and journalist Daisy Goodwin, and the book's cover features a Foundlings museum artwork by Tracey Emin. This book is to be launched at the museum, and events are planned at a number of literary festivals around Britain.www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk
£12.99

Writing Motherhood

Carolyn Jess-Cooke
PRE-ORDER NOW – PUBLISHING 09 MARCH  ‘This is a truly inspiring collection, all the more so for its wit and its grit, its poetry and its honesty; here we have women producing ‘good art’ despite – and often  because of – ‘the pram in the hall.’ – Shelley Day‘Essential reading for anyone who is a mother, or who had a mother, and is interested in how motherhood and creativity intertwine. Packed with top quality writing that serves to remind us that far from being marginal, the challenges of motherhood are central to the human condition and the dual creative role of writer and mother is both conflicting and super-charging.’ – Helen Cadbury, author of the Sean Denton series of crime novels. Debates and debacles surrounding the issue of motherhood have hounded women’s writing for decades, and despite advances in feminism, equality, maternity leave and childcare, we are still asking female writers with children how they find time to write.Through a unique combination of interviews, poems, and essays by established writers, Writing Motherhood interrogates contemporary representations of motherhood in media and literature, queries why so many novels dealing with serious women’s issues are packaged in pink covers with wellies and tea cups, and portrays the exquisite moments of motherhood as often enriching artistic practice rather than hindering it.Entries include an insightful interview with Pulitzer prize-winning poet Sharon Olds, excerpts from Hollie McNish’s motherhood diary, Carol Ann Duffy’s beautiful portrait of being and having a daughter, and specially commissioned poems by Sinead Morrissey, Rebecca Goss, and many others. Crime fiction fans will enjoy CL Taylor’s witty essay, ‘How Motherhood Turned Me to Crime’, and Nuala Ellwood’s heart-wrenching depiction of miscarriage and loss. By engaging with both the creation of literature by mothers and literary representations of motherhood, Writing Motherhood is a vital exploration of the complexities of contemporary sexual politics, publishing, artistic creation, and 21st Century parenting.
£12.99

The Other Tiger: Recent Poetry from Latin America

Richard Gwyn
‘A glittering bilingual anthology.’ – George Szirtes The Other Tiger: Recent Poetry from Latin America is an anthology of Spanish language contemporary poetry from the Americas. Produced bilingually, with Spanish and English versions on facing pages, it is a welcome addition to the canon of translation, focusing on poets born since 1945.Richard Gwyn has arranged the poems thematically – Where We Live; Memory, Childhood, Family; the Natural World; Politics, Journey and Exile; Love, Sex and the Body – to cut across nationality and the generations, illustrating the things poets have in common, and how they differ, across continents.The Other Tiger (the title is a nod to Borges – “the one not in this poem”) consists of 97 poets from 16 countries, born over five decades. It includes work from Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Nicaragua, Chile, Uruguay, Venezuela, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Bolivia and El Salvador. Among the mix of poets are established names such as Juan Manuel Roca, Daniel Samoilovich, Mirta Rosenberg, Romulo Bustos Aguirre, Clemente Riedemann and Jorge Fondebrider. The younger poets featured include Andres Neuman, Damsi Figueroa, Alejandro Crotto and Carolina Davila.The resulting anthology is an eclectic and catholic mix of fine poetry and fine translation that opens a window on to a relatively neglected group of literary worlds. The poems are at once exotic and other yet recognizably drawing on a poetic tradition that includes Novel prize-winner Octavio Paz. They conjure big landscapes and moments of tenderness, celebrate the individual but also engage with the politics of so many repressive regimes in Latin and South America. The Other Tiger vividly reflects the many contrasts present in the lives and literatures of the peoples of this continent. ‘By turns delicate and bold, passionate and tender, political and intimate, Richard Gwyn’s vivid translations provide a fascinating and timely introduction to this great poetic continent.’– Daniel Hahn‘This big, generous, varied and colourful anthology contains a whole continent of marvellous poetry. It is a feat of translation, but also of empathy.’ – Patrick McGuinness‘This is an indispensable and comprehensive introduction to Spanish American poetry of the last forty years which no reader of poetry should be without. We already know it, thanks to Borges, Cardenal, Neruda, Parra, Paz, and Vallejo, as one of the great world poetries, but what is so exciting here is the deepening sense, as you read on through Richard Gwyn's beautifully voiced, meticulous translations, of that illustrious pantheon being replaced by a new generation of urgent voices, some old acquaintances, some entirely new – some, crucially, of equal significance.’ – W.N. Herbert‘An incisive overview of recent, innovative writing we're not likely to find elsewhere in English. The preface is solid: informative, intelligent, and immensely useful to both novices and old hands; the thematic organization is revelatory and moves us far from the rather pedantic, strictly historical or geographical focus of so many other anthologies; and the translations are beautiful and to the point. This is a book that belongs in every library, private or institutional, that has shelf-space for volumes of poetry. I think Alastair Reid, to whom the book is dedicated, would have been very happy with the tribute.’ Edith Grossman
£14.99

Metropoetica

Metropoetica, Zoe Skoulding
Zoe Skoulding
What does writing poetry have in common with walking in the city? In translating poetry, what lost paths, dark alleys and chance connections are encountered? How do these change the maps by which cities are known and by which new poetries may be discovered? Metropoetica is a collaboration of women writing and walking in different cities across Europe in response to these questions. The contributing poets and translators include Ingmara Balode (Riga, Latvia), Julia Fiedorczuk(Warsaw, Poland), Sanna Karlström (Helsinki, Finland), Ana Pepelnik (Ljubljana, Slovenia), Zoë Skoulding(Bangor, Wales), Sigurbjörg Thrastardottir (Reykjavik, Iceland), and Elzbieta Wójcik-Leese (Kraków, Poland).
£9.99

Newspaper Taxis – Poetry After the Beatles

The Beatles; Anthology
Phil Bowen
"You can guarantee higher-profile Beatles nostalgia this year, but little will be as thoughtful." – The Independent"This collection of poetry is a poignant reflection of British life following the explosion of “Beatlemania”. What impresses most about the works on display is the massive diversity of lifestyles depicted and how The Beatles managed to impact every single one of them". – Literature Works"...a pleasant collection, with enough quality to be of just as much interest to poetry fans as to fans of the Beatles" – varsity.co.ukYou know they caused a revolution - 50 years ago the Beatles transformed the face of music, youth, and popular culture. In January 1963 their single – 'Please, Please Me' – shot to number one, heralding the start of both Beatlemania and the swinging sixties. In the next few years the Beatles wrote the template for pop music. Their songs defined popular culture at a time when it was inspiring social change in Europe and North America, and this book collects poems that both respond to the music and to their influence on the way we lived then and the way we live now.Literally hundreds of millions of people around the world have listened to, and loved, the Beatles' music. Their impact on musicians, writers, film-makers and ordinary people has been simply, enormous. With contributions by myriad of poets, young and old, including, Simon Armitage, Carol Ann Duffy, Elaine Feinstein, Peter Finch, Adrian Henri, Philip Larkin, Lachlan Mackinnon, Roger McGough, Sheenagh Pugh, Jeremy Reed and Carol Rumens, this book is a response to the Beatles' creativity and capacity to influence successive generations.All royalties from the sale of this book are being donated to Claire House Children's Hospice, serving those children and young people of Merseyside with complex medical needs since 1998. www.claire-house.org.uk
£9.99

The Captain's Tower

The Captain's Tower
Phil Bowen
Foreword by Ronnie WoodBob Dylan turned 75 on May 24 2016. The Captain’s Tower is a birthday present anthology of poems concerned with Dylan’s life, his work, and his cultural impact. One of the most distinguished lyricists of the post-war period, Dylan has entertained and inspired poets, writers generally and millions of ordinary fans with the imagery, wit and technique of his writing, be it in songs of love, protest, faith or pure Dylan-ness.In this book the poets answer back in a response to Dylan’s creativity, capacity to inspire and his enormous influence on culture and writing. Here are poems by Allen Ginsberg, Lachlan Mackinnon, Glyn Maxwell, Matthew Sweeney, Jeremy Reed, Linda Chase, Linda France, Mark Ford, Roger McGough, Roddy Lumsden, Paul Muldoon, Simon Armitage, Caroline Bird, Peter Finch, Luke Wright.There is bound to be a huge media response to Dylan’s birthday and this will be part of it – a must for Dylan fans and poetry readers alike.Sign up for Seren News - click here Join Seren's online book club and receive 20% off all books including The Captain's Tower.  Follow Seren Books
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The Streets and the Stars: An Anthology of Writing in Wales

The Streets and the Stars, John Davies and Melvyn Jones
John Davies
Edited by experienced teachers, John Davies and Melvyn Jones, The Streets And The Stars is a generous anthology of writing in English by authors living and working in Wales. Authors include Leslie Norris, Gillian Clarke, Dannie Abse, Christine Evans, R.S. Thomas, Jean Earle, Bruce Chatwin, Brenda Chamberlain, Dylan Thomas and many others. The Streets And The Stars is designed as a resource book for the 14-16 age group studying GCSE English Language and Literature. It fulfills the National Curriculum aims for ’the introduction of students to literature that reflects their own cultural and social landscape(s).’ The book is divided into seven sections, each focusing on a different genre, including poetry, short stories, autobiography, and reporting. Around the selections, the editors have provided a flexible framework of suggestions for discussion and assignments. The appendix contains notes, highlighting specific teaching aims.
£5.95

Welsh Verse

Welsh Verse, Tony Conran
Tony Conran
The tradition of Welsh poetry stretches back to the sixth century, making it among the oldest living literatures in Europe. In Welsh Verse Tony Conran translates a selection of work from fourteen centuries of poetry, from the epics of Taliesin and Aneirin to today’s poets, Gwyn Thomas and Nesta Wyn Jones. En route he takes in sagas and carols, hymns and strict metres, Romantics and social realism. Here are translations of Cynddelw, Owain Gwynedd, Dafydd ap Gwilym, Ann Griffiths, Pantycelyn, T. Gwynn Jones, Williams Parry and his cousin Parry-Williams, Saunders Lewis, Gwenallt and Waldo Williams. The poetic movements of Welsh language verse are charted in Conran’s influential Introduction, in which he explains the important role of poetry in Welsh society, and how it has responded to Welsh history. There is also a guide to the intricacies of Welsh metre, the complex rules which make Welsh poetry unique, plus a glossary and an appendix on pronunciation. Formerly The Penguin Book of Welsh Verse, this edition is completely revised and considerably expanded.
£9.95

Women's Work

Women's Work
Eva Salzman
With over 250 contributors, this generous selection of poetry by women with an emphasis on twentieth-century poetry in English features poets from the USA, Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Australia, and New Zealand. Arranged by thematic chapters that touch on various aspects of modern life, this anthology aims to be a touchstone of women’s thoughts and experiences; to be entertaining and relevant as well as inclusive and representative of some of the best poetry published now. A thorough section devoted to author biographical details and credits (revised in the 2016 edition) will be of use to scholars and the curious who desire to read more work by the poets included.The Editors are the well-known poet Eva Salzman, and Poetry Editor Amy Wack, both Americans, graduates of Columbia writing programme in New York City, who have made the UK their home. Amy Wack has edited a number of anthologies for Seren including Oxygen and Burning the Bracken, and was for many years Reviews Editor at Poetry Wales magazine. All of Eva Salzman’s books – The English Earthquake (Bloodaxe), Bargain With The Watchman (Oxford University Press), One Two II (Wrecking Ball Press) and her most recent, Double Crossing: New and Selected Poems (Bloodaxe) – won Poetry Book Society Recommendations/ Special Commendations.In these ‘Post-Feminist’ times, is there a need for such a book? Is the literary establishment still as dominated by men as it once was? Who gets to decide the canon? Eva Salzman opens Women’s Work with a lively polemic, making the case for the women-only anthology with characteristic wit and flair.You will find familiar names as well as new discoveries amongst the contributors: Fleur Adcock, Patience Agbabi, Moniza Alvi, Margaret Atwood, Sujata Bhatt, Colette Bryce, Siobhan Campbell, Amy Clampitt, Polly Clark, Wendy Cope, Toi Derricotte, Carol Ann Duffy, Christine Evans, U.A. Fanthorpe, Ruth Fainlight, Vicki Feaver, Daisy Fried, Alice Fulton, Tess Gallagher, Louise Gluck, Marilyn Hacker, Joy Harjo, Selima Hill, Kathleen Jamie, June Jordan, Martha Kapos, Jenny Joseph, Jackie Kay, Mimi Khalvati, Alice Oswald, Phillis Levin, Denise Levertov, Gwyneth Lewis, Sandra McPherson, Marianne Moore, Sharon Olds, Ruth Padel, Pascale Petit, Katherine Pierpoint, Sylvia Plath, Adrienne Rich, Muriel Rukeyser, Carol Rumens, Olive Senior, Jo Shapcott, Stevie Smith, Gertrude Stein, Anne Stevenson, Chase Twichell, Judith Wright, Tamar Yoseloff, and many others.First published in 2008, the 2016 edition contains a revised introduction and updated author biographies.
£14.99

The Poetry of Snowdonia

The Poetry of Snowdonia, Tony Curtis (ed.)
Tony Curtis
This anthology collects together for the first time poems about the landscape and coastline of north Wales and its heartland Snowdonia. North Wales is an area of outstanding natural beauty which has been celebrated in both English and Welsh poetry for centuries. Many translations from the Welsh are included here, together with poems by visitors such as Shelley, Wordsworth and Hopkins. Celebration is part of today’s poetry too, though an awareness of social and cultural pressures on the area is also present. Development, tourism and immigration are among the issues which threaten the delicate existing balance of language and lifestyle in the area. The Poetry of Snowdonia offers a special kind of guide to north Wales, one which looks beyond the brochure promises to the land as it has appeared to poets over the centuries.
£4.95