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?