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Anvil New Poets

Shirley Bell, Patricia Doubell and Mimi Khalvati

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ISBN: 978 0 856462 30 6
Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Published: November 1996
218 x 140 x 8 mm
144 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • An introductory anthology of ten new poets who had previously only appeared in poetry magazines. Many have gone on to further publication and established reputations. Poets included:

    Shirley Bell
    Patricia Doubell
    Mimi Khalvati
    Felicity Napier
    Bibhu Padhi
    William Palmer
    Petra Regent
    Valerie Thornton
    Gerard Woodward

    and a selection of poems by Oktay Rifat translated by Ruth Christie and Richard McKane.

    Shirley Bell
    Shireley Bell lives on a Lincolnshire cactus farm with her physicist husband and their children. Her poems have been widely published in magazines such as Poetry Review, Ambit, Critical Quarterly, London Magazine and The Wide Skirt, and broadcast on Radio 3's Poetry Now . A pamphlet, Hanging Windows on the ... read more
    Patricia Doubell
    Patricia Doubell was born in Dorset. She trained as a dancer and danced proffesionally, before marrying and farming in Wales. Her poetry was first published in Adam, and subsequently in Tribune, Outposts, Pick, Breif, Workshop Magazine, Poets International, Doves for the 70s and The Evans Book of Children's ... read more
    Mimi Khalvati
    Born in Tehran in 1944, Mimi Khalvati grew up on the Isle of Wight and attended the Drama Centre, London. She then worked as a theatre director in Tehran, translating from English into Farsi and devising new plays, as well as co-founding the Theatre in Exile group. She now lives in ... read more
    Praise for Mimi Khalvati This brilliant poet's crab-apple tree imparts the same kind of gorgeous and devastating self-knowledge granted Eve by the biblical Tree of Life.
    Rafel Campo, Boston Review
     
    This open and generous readiness to engage with all realities and see their worth gives Khalvati her power... graceful accomplishment is always in the service of a fundamental seriousness.
    Bernard O'Donoghue, Poetry London
    A lovely book, so accomplished, various, comprehensive and abundant. The poems are quick and touching, joyfully and sorrowfully open to the phenomena of the real world, they say what it feels like being human, the good and the ill of it, with passion, tact and lightness.
    David Constantine
    Khalvati's writing draws on diverse worlds and poetic traditions, and enriches the dominant culture of British poetry...Intricate, sensuous and vulnerable...Mimi Khalvati's work will endure.
    Moniza Alvi, Poetry Wales
     Mimi Khalvati is one of the most poignant and graceful poets writing in England currently. The Meanest Flower speaks often of grief and loss but also of great pleasure in the world, in gardens, in loves, in other people. Under the lyricism there is an iron control that achieves its grace through subtlety. There reader is aware one is in the presence of a mind, a heart and an ear that has been schooled in depth, that finds it as naturally as do the flowers of the title.
    George Szirtes
    Khalvati writes exquisitely nuanced lyrics of love and loss, which draw on childhood, motherhood and the natural world. These [The Meanest Flower] are tender poems in the English Romantic tradition.
    No. 3 in 'The Ten Best New poetry collections' - Independent, 2007
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