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Oxford Poets 2013
Edited by Iain Galbraith and Robyn Marsack
Categories: 21st Century, Anthologies
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
(Pub. Jun 2013)
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This anthology brings together the work of nineteen poets from a dozen different countries, with translations from at least seven languages, to provide a rich mix of contemporary voices. Here you can move from the Australian desert to an English coal mine, from the interior world of Grace Darling to the mythic world of the Ramayana, from earthquakes in New Zealand to gardens in France. A common thread is migration, in many senses; another is the beguilements and betrayals of memory. The poets’ own reflections on their writing provide insight into the cultural and personal contexts of work that expands the vocabulary of poetry in English.
The Oxford Poets Anthology 2013 includes:
Kerrin P. Sharpe
Toh Hsien Min
Karen McCarthy Woolf
Denny’s Shipyard, Dumbarton, 1959
United Turkey Red
Bespoke (Loch Sloy Hydro Dam, 1948)
Pte 1091 Allison, aged 19
Clydeside, March 2011
March for the Alternative
‘SPEEDER CLAIMED CAR WAS DRIVEN BY HER DEAD MOTHER’
Message from an agnostic angel
Wiggy in Cornwall
Banner for Bid
Hyperlinks in Mesopotamia, Oxford
Morning in Chapultepec
The sound ladder
Flags in East Dulwich
The Importance of Tea
Twenty-three pictures of the desert
I, Lizard, performance artist
from The Orchards (after Rilke)
from Grace Darling’s ABC
from Grace Darling’s Journal
The Russian Point of View
I have a feeling with no name
For Maisie Brown
The hot early universe
Ten rules to guide me in my research
Six New Zealand Jews Share Their Impressions of Oświęcim
I’m not sure what to call what I have done
‘In the voice of Paul Celan’
‘I eat a pepper that’s not’
Fathers and sons
Crow Grabs Poet’s Scalp
In the forest, Hansel tells Gretel about owls
Self-portrait 18.3.2009, 1.20 p.m.
‘From the windowed veranda’
‘A boy reaches the monster island’
‘I listened to the soundscape’
‘The bewilderment that to other people’
Notes from a Journey
An Ample Tree
Failed Sidekick’s Dilemma
Prometheus at the Checkpoint
Love Song for Rural Idiots
Poem Written in Realtime
Bishop in Louisiana
The Log Roller
Na Dorsan (The Doors)
Bàta Taigh Bàta (Boat House Boat)
An Tobar (The Well)
Family Photo Album
Angel in the Next Underground Coach
On the Big Dipper
Take Down his Particulars
Better Staying Put
One of My Paintings
Some Sort of Mirror at the End of the Room
Adam and Eve
Blood and Proverbs
An Island of Strangers
The Journalist Speaks of the Dictator
Exile, Italian Style
What the People Said
The Jewelled Deer
How to Get There
On the Ource
Janus Fleuri at the Freud Museum
Mist Lifting on Mount Caburn
Song for Carmen
You With Work To Do (after Pushkin)
Kerrin P. Sharpe
a possible journey
sewing the world
six lies for an orthopaedic surgeon
The Alchemy of Snow
three days in a wishing well
world without maps
because my father
In the cart
the rice planters 1953
their faces turn pages
there are few sightings
Che Perig et Anna
Conversation on Ouessant
Blue Woman, Brittany
Crossing the Minch
A way of putting things aside
Cape Farewell – Scottish islands voyage
Toh Hsien Min
At night’s border with the next day
from ‘eighteen pastries’
the man from the sea
blues in august
Karen McCarthy Woolf
Thirteen Names for the Moon
Awards won by Karen McCarthy Woolf Winner, 2020 The Laurel Prize for Ecopoetry, Second Place (Seasonal Disturbances ) Commended, 2017 Poetry Book Society Recommendation. (Seasonal Disturbances ) Short-listed, 2015 Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize
(An Aviary of Small Birds) Short-listed, 2015 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection
(An Aviary of Small Birds)
Praise for Karen McCarthy Woolf 'This is a book which goes beyond invention to intervention, offering hybrid forms through which to apprehend the world. Consider its 'couplings', which lineate and striate 'pre-existing prose' with response lines to 'create a new lyric narrative' (as the notes elucidate). This is true to how our minds reverberate with information, with the assimilated otherness of alien texts. It does not rest at passive record or academic critique of such an internal state. It makes music, love, and rapture'
Vahni Capildeo in The Compass Magazine
'Witty, provocative and lyrically accomplished.'
'For all its internationalism, McCarthy Woolf's poetry engages with the local and the personal. Reading Seasonal Disturbances is like picking up a London A-Z and finding it's a new map of the world.'
Karen's poem 'Outside' from Seasonal Disturbances was Guardian Poem of the Week, 25th December 2017
'Seasonal Disturbances is an unclassifiable book, revolutionary in its engagement with form, stunning in its intersectional politics, and an extraordinary achievement that should give the selectors of major poetry prize lists cold sweats for neglecting it. It will break you, in a good way. Truth hurts.'
The Poetry School Books of the Year 2017
'A fine antidote to Brexit delusions and certainties: London-watching and form-reshaping, unpredictable and casually intense.'
Carol Rumens, Best Poetry Books of 2017, The Guardian
'A masterclass in structure.'
'Seasonal Disturbances might be strange, but it's also a brilliant selection of poems [...] It's a collection that teaches you something about human beings as well as yourself.'
The Poetry School 'Formally ambitious...big-idea poems made up of bite-size insights and ironies that establish political anger and ecological anxiety.'
The Sunday Times
'I loved Karen McCarthy Woolf's technically perfect poems of winged heartbreak'
Maggie Gee, The Observer - The New Review, 29.11.2015. '[McCarthy Woolf has] a powerful command of form and rhythm.'
Alan Brownjohn, Poetry Review
Praise for Robyn Marsack 'Readers will be drawn to this book for the poets' letters, but what really dominates is the personality of Schmidt; at the end we are left with a prevailing sense of his editorial vision and an appreciation of his influence and accomplishment in the world of contemporary poetry publishing and criticism... Fifty Fifty is full of energy and play, and not a few crossed swords.'
Kevin Gardner, Wild Court
'A window into the award-winning world of Carcanet'
Tristram Fane Saunders, The Telegraph
'In celebration of the Manchester-based press' 50th anniversary, a fascinating collection of letters... tracing the eventful history of this small, ambitious and excellent press.'
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