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  • 100 POEMS ARE NOT ENOUGH

    ‘Blistering and unapologetic’, Akhil Katyal, Scroll.in

    ‘. . . no two poems are exactly alike. Not in subject matter, not in style . . . majority of the poems here I liked . . .’, Madhulika Liddle, goodreads.com

    100 Poems Are Not Enough showcases the existing and emerging trends in poetry written by 79 distinguished Indian and international poets including the award-winning writers Easterine Kire from Nagaland and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim from Nigeria, also some of the upcoming–notable poets like Maria Pomsaharova from Slovakia, Nadia Krøjgaard Eriksen from Denmark, Nicole Nies from Germany and Louise Kowitch from the USA among others. No two poems are alike; they narrate a range of experiences like discrimination of Dalits, gender issues, betrayal and longing in love, the pain of a dead and long-lost daughter, experiences of war, nature and dreams and many other. Co-published with Walking BookFairs, this book is a fascinating anthology of poems of diverse emotions, contexts and traditions.

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  • One Hundred Poems of Kabir

    ‘The whole world does its works and commits its errors: but few are the lovers who know the Beloved’

    ‘He who has seen Him and touched Him, he is freed from all fear and trouble’

    ‘Kabir says: “I have attained the unattainable, and my heart is coloured with the colour of love”’

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    You are the drop and the ocean.

    You are kindness, you are anger, You are sweetness, you are poison.

    Do not make me more disheartened.

    You are the chamber of the Sun

    You are the abode of Venus

    You are the garden of all hope.

    Oh Beloved, let me enter.’

    The love poems by the great thirteenth-century Persian poet Jelaluddin Rumi, founder of the Whirling Dervishes of Sufism, are both mystical and a mystery. Are they addressed to his mentor,  the wandering Shams of Tabriz (who converted him to a life of joy when he was thirty-eight), or to God or to a lover? Reflecting the complexities and paradoxes of love and devotion – separation, cruelty and break-up – they are poems of great power and emotional intensity, of exuberant passion and overflowing imagination. Though seemingly addressed to a lover, in their imagery they encompass the universe and are metaphors of love in its physical form, reinforced by amazing rhythms which echo the dance of the whirling dervishes. Lassaâd Metoui, the renowned Arabic calligrapher, has beautifully captured the atmosphere and movement of the poems in this collection.

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    When love beckons to you follow him

    Though his ways are hard and steep.

    And when his wings enfold you, yield to him,

    Though the sword hidden among his pinions

    May wound you.

    And when he speaks to you believe in him…’

    These beautiful love poems by Khalil Gibran, one of the world’s greatest mystics, promises that one day love will come to you. They evoke that special joy and excitement in the newness of love and the desire it awakens in you. But as Gibran follows love’s course from spring to summer and autumn, he is realistic in describing love’s often painful and difficult path before it reaches maturity or the sorrows of parting. Composed of extracts from some of Gibran’s most famous works, including The Prophet, this collectors’ edition conveys the eternal power and magic of love – it will arouse in you a new sense of love’s meaning. Lassaad Metoui’s lyrical calligraphy enhances and interprets Khalil Gibran’s writing, making this a book to cherish throughout your life.

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    ‘Listen carefully,

    Neither the Vedas Nor the Qur’an Will teach you this:

    Put the bit in its mouth,

    The saddle on its back,

    Your foot in the stirrup,

    And ride your wild runaway mind All the way to heaven.’

    ‘A lovely book of translations of the poetry of Kabir, a truly visionary egalitarian thinker of the fifteenth century, whose songs remain alive in the folk tradition of north India. In bringing Kabir to an English-speaking audience Arvind Krishna Mehrotra has made a major contribution to the global reach of that inspiring vision.’ – Amartya Sen

    ‘Kabir was a poet for whom the sacred was inseparable from the satiric, the erotic, the sardonic and the absurd, and he comes alive at last in English in Arvind Krishna Mehrotra’s translation that is simultaneously a work of long scholarship and a jazz performance of the Kabir tradition.’ – Eliot Weinberger

    ‘Arvind Krishna Mehrotra’s new translation brings the poetry of Kabir to life in English for the first time. Not that others haven’t tried: Pound, Robert, Bly and most notably Rabindranath Tagore in 1915 . . . But it is Mehrotra who has succeeded in capturing the ferocity and improvisational energy of Kabir’s poetry.’ – August Kleinzahler in the New York Times

     

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  • THE TRUTH ABOUT MAGIC

    From the internationally bestselling author of Love Her Wild and The Dark Between Stars comes The Truth About Magic, a fresh, awakened journey outwards. An adventure into the great unknown.

    It’s about finding ourselves, our purpose, and the simple joys of life. It’s about lavender fields, drinking white wine out of oak barrels in vineyards, laughing until you cry, dancing in wood barns with people you love until the
    sun comes up, eating food that makes you say, ‘wow,’ making love on sandy beaches on the coast of Spain. It’s a vibrant, transcendent journey into growth. A book that will leave you smiling, energised and booking flights to far off beaches.

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  • WILD EMBERS

    ‘You cannot burn away

    What has always been aflame’

    WILD EMBERS explores the fire that lies within every soul, weaving words around ideas of feeling at home in your own skin, allowing yourself to heal and learning to embrace your uniqueness with love from the universe.

    Featuring rewritten fairytale heroines, goddess wisdom and poetry that burns with revolution, this collection is an explosion of femininity, empowerment and personal growth.

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  • Cuba in splinters

    ‘I took a dollar taxi. I must have fallen asleep right away next to the driver, nodding off against the seatbelt.The flight attendant was another giggling mulata who helped me with my buckle in a flash, right near the zipper of this countryless queer, right at that timeless time to close the doors and fly away from Cuba once and for all.To clear Cuba out of myself forever—another variation on a terrible outcome.The noise was deafening. How mysterious, how miraculous, how shitty.’—from ‘The Man, the Wolf and the New Woods’ Think Cuba, you’re likely to think bearded revolutionaries in fatigues. Salsa. Sugar cane. Rock ‘n’roll, zombies, drugs – anomie and angst – do not generally figure in our mental images of a country that’s assumed an outsized place in the American imagination. But fresh from the tropics, in Cuba in Splinters – a sparkling package of stories we’re assured are fictional – that’s exactly what you’ll find. Eleven writers largely unknown outside Cuba depict a world that veers from a hyperreal Havana in decay, against a backdrop of oblivious drug-toting German tourists, to a fantasy land – or is it? – where vigilant Cubans bar the door to zombies masquerading as health inspectors. Sex and knife-fights, stutterers and addicts, losers and lost literary classics: welcome to a raw and genuine island universe closed to casual visitors.

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  • Thick of It

    The poems of Ulrike Almut Sandig are at once simple and fantastic. This new collection finds her on her way to imaginary territories. Thick of It charts a journey through two hemispheres to “the center of the world” and navigates a “thicket” that is at once the world, the psyche, and language itself. The poems explore an urgently urban reality, but that reality is interwoven with references to nightmares, the Bible, fairy tales, and nursery rhymes—all overlaid with a finely tuned longing for a disappearing world. The old names are forgotten, identities fall away; things disappear from the kitchen; everything is sliding away. Powerful themes emerge, but always mapped onto the local, the fractured individual in “the thick of it” all. This is language at its most crafted and transformative, blisteringly contemporary, but with a kind of austerity, too. By turns comic, ironic, skeptical, nostalgic, these poems are also profoundly musical, exploiting multiple meanings and stretching syntax, so that the audience is constantly kept guessing, surprised by the next turn in the line.

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  • Collected Poems (Seagull German Library)

    The work of poet Georg Trakl, a leading Austrian-German expressionist, has been praised by many, including his contemporaries Rainer Maria Rilke and Else Lasker-Schüler, as well as his patron Ludwig Wittgenstein, who famously wrote that while he did not truly understand Trakl’s poems, they had the tone of a “truly ingenious person,” which pleased him. This difficulty in understanding Trakl’s poems is not unique. Since the first publication of his work in 1913, there has been endless discussion about how the verses should be understood, leading to controversies over the most accurate way to translate them. In a refreshing contrast to previous translated collections of Trakl’s work, James Reidel is mindful of how the poet himself wished to be read, emphasizing the order and content of the verses to achieve a musical effect. Trakl’s verses were also marked by allegiance to both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, a fact which Reidel honors with impressive research into the historicity of the poet’s language. Collected Poems gathers Trakl’s early, middle, and late work, ranging widely, from his haunting prose pieces to his darkly beautiful poems documenting the first bloody weeks of World War I on the Eastern Front.

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  • Rubble Flora (Seagull German Library)

    Rubble Flora is a selection of poems from the distinguished, half-century-long career of German poet Volker Braun. Born in the former East Germany, Braun is a humane, witty, brave, and disappointed poet. In the East, his poetry upheld the voice of the individual imagination and identified with a utopian possibility that never became reality. He might be said to have found a truly singular voice amid the colossal upheavals of 1989—exploring the triumph of capitalism and the languages of advertising, terror, politics, and war. At the same time, Braun is a sensual poet in tune with the natural landscape. He has his own touchstones in world literature, and many of his poems set quotations from Rimbaud, Shakespeare, and Brecht into his own context, where they work as ironic illuminations of a present plight. The literary principle of his work lies in the friction of these different voices, whether cast into free form, collage, or classical verse. Cumulatively, Rubble Flora offers a searing vision of these transformative decades.

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    In these 99 meditations, poet and novelist Hans Magnus Enzensberger celebrates the tenacity of the normal and routine in everyday life, where the survival of the objects we use without thinking—a pair of scissors, perhaps—is both a small, human victory and a quiet reminder of our own ephemeral nature. He sets his quotidian reflections against a broad historic and political backdrop—the cold war and its accompanying atomic threat, the German student revolt, would-be socialism in Cuba, China, and Africa, and World War II as experienced by the youthful poet. Enzensberger’s poems are conversational, skeptical, and serene; they culminate in the extended set of observations which gives the collection its title. Clouds, alien and yet symbols of human life, are for Enzensberger at once a central metaphor of the Western poetic tradition and “the most fleeting of all masterpieces.” “Cloud archaeology,” writes Enzensberger, is “a science for angels.”

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    In the early 1960s, the Hungry Generation revitalized Bengali poetry in Calcutta, liberating it from the fetters of scholarship and the fog of punditry and freeing it to explore new forms, language, and subjects. Shakti Chattopadhyay was a cofounder of the movement, and his poems remain vibrant and surprising more than a half century later. In his “urban pastoral” lines, we encounter street colloquialisms alongside high diction, a combination that at the time was unprecedented. Loneliness, anxiety, and dislocation trouble this verse, but they are balanced by a compelling belief in the redemptive power of beauty. This book presents more than one hundred of Chattopadhyay’s poems, introducing an international audience to one of the most prominent and important Bengali poets of the twentieth century.

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  • Cees Nooteboom wrote the poems that make upMonk’s Eye on two islands: he began them on the Dutch island of Schiermonnikoog and finished them on the Spanish island of Minorca, where he has spent summers for decades. The poems—which can be read individually or, all together, as the record of a poet’s life—are about the two islands. But they’re also about islands as an archetype, about the serenity that we can find on beaches and amid dunes, the sea sweeping imperturbably around us. Accompanied by Sunandini Banerjee’s collages, the poems in this volume  are rich in allusion; they address the past, memories, illusions, dreams, and the heart of all poetry—which Nooteboom locates in the opening line of Plato’s Phaedrus, when Socrates, walking with his admirer, asks, “My dear Phaedrus, whence came you, and whither are you going?” 

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    Purabi brings together 52 of Tagore´s poems and songs. The collection reveals a very different Tagore from the one the West has come to know, bringing to light a passionate poet who celebrated the wonders of this earth instead of just pondering the mysteries of the other world and whose irrepressible love of life was tinged with an acute awareness of its inexorable limits and tragedies. Includes a CD of Tagore songs and recitations in English and Bengali.

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  • Sickle

    Norway. The 1800s. Endre must to take over the family farm from his father—his father, who swings the sickle and sharpens the scythe, and says this is the only way in which rocks and stones and mounts and waves can still be ours. But Endre is strange, he keeps to himself, unlike his brothers who are merry and full of joy. He wants to live in the farm without longing to leave, but he is struggling. Then he meets Abelone—”the bearer of light.” Tall and thin, always sitting with her books, sharper than all she went to school with, she is about to be a teacher. They appear to come from different worlds—one from the ancient, traditional, natural world; the other from the forward-looking world of modernity, of breaking away, and of renewal. But there is love—great and immediate. With new ideas and new languages, Abelone opens up the world of Endre—whose name means “change.” A novel written in lyrical verse, Ruth Lillegraven’s Sickle is an unforgettable evocation of longing and loss, of dreams and reality, and the importance of language itself.

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    To create the poems in this collection, Nobel Prize–winner Herta Müller cut up countless newspapers and magazines in search of striking phrases, words, or even fragments of words, which she then arranged in a the form of a collage. Father’s on the Phone with the Flies presents seventy-three of Müller’s collage poems for the first time in English translation, alongside full-color reproductions of the originals. Müller takes full advantage of the collage form, generating poems rich in wordplay, ambiguity, and startling, surreal metaphors—the disruption and dislocation at their core rendered visible through stark contrasts in color, font, and type size. Liberating words from conformity and coercion, Müller renders them fresh and invests them forcefully with personal experience. Sure to thrill any fan of contemporary literature, Father’s on the Phone with the Flies is an unexpected, exciting work from one of the most protean writers ever to win the Nobel.

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  • Women of Resistance

    Creative activists have reacted to the 2016 Presidential election in myriad ways. Editors Danielle Barnhart and Iris Mahan have drawn on their profound knowledge of the poetry scene to put together an extraordinary list of poets taking a feminist stance against the new authority.What began as an informal collaboration of like-minded poets—to be released as a handbound chapbook—has grown into something far more substantial and ambitious: a fully fledged anthology of women’s resistance, with a portion of proceeds supporting Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights Representing the complexity and diversity of contemporary womanhood and bolstering the fight against racism, sexism, and violence, this collection unites powerful new writers, performers, and activists with established poets. Contributors include Denice Frohman, Elizabeth Acevedo, Sandra Beasley, Jericho Brown, Mahogany L. Browne, Danielle Chapman, Tyehimba Jess, Kimberly Johnson, Jacqueline Jones LaMon, Maureen N. McLane, Joyce Peseroff, Mary Ruefle,Trish Salah, Patricia Smith, Anne Waldman, and Rachel Zucker. “Here we have 49 women and men and queers and inter-sexuals throwing their everything at this moment in time when the patriarch is really shaking, and it looks like he’s about to tumble down. We’ve got this shiny new book. People are scared that nothing will be left after he falls except a bunch of poems. Pick up this glowing book as you’re crawling through the rubble, and poem by poem and page by page you’ll begin to know that you’ll be okay. Eileen Myles

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    From the realization of mental peace to the experience of illness, suffering, death, pain, pleasure, desire and contentment, the Dalai Lama opens a window into the attainment of absolute happiness in day to day life.

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    The basis of Hinduism is dharma or righteousness, incorporating duty, cosmic law and justice. Five thousand years ago, the Vedas showed a clear appreciation of the natural world and its ecology, the importance of the environment and the management of natural resources.

    Hinduism and Nature delves into the religion’s deep respect for all life forms, the forests and trees, rivers and lakes, animals and mountains, which are all manifestations of divinity. Nature is venerated all over India: every village has a sacred grove, every temple a sacred garden and sacred tree. In this fascinating book, scholar and environmentalist Nanditha Krishna explores both the classical and the tribal traditions that venerated nature, and convincingly argues that we can save the environment only by seeking answers in ancient wisdom.

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