Ten poetry books from Carcanet are available for free reading and evaluation through the Exact Editions web site for the month of November.
The list comprises:
The Alexandra Sequence — John Redmond
Beyond the Barbed Wire: Selected Poems — Abdellatif Laabi
Dirt — William Letford
John Masefield — Muriel Spark
The Met Office Advises Caution — Rebecca Watts
Playing the Octopus — Mary O’Malley
Quennets — Philip Terry
What Must Happen — Jeffrey Wainwright
The Windows of Graceland — Martina Evans
Winter Migrants — Tom Pickard
These are beautiful books full of arresting poetry from some of our freshest voices. Each page is linkable, and here are three poems that struck me with their power and wit:
All alcoholics are charmers ….that is if they are any good.
Jetsam / Flotsam …Grounds for debate/ by windswept committees/ of sharp-eyed gulls
MISS SYNCOPATION …so, she said,/ stripped/ and slipping into bed,/ do you have a copy/ of machiavelli’s/ the prince,/ then?