"Lee Valley Poems" was Yang Lian's first book to be wholly conceived and written in London, once his place of exile and then his permanent home. It includes an extended sequence, "When Water Confirms", translated by Brian Holton and Agnes Hung-Chong Chan, and a suite of shorter poems translated by seven fellow poets.
This retrospective of the work of Ruth Stone (1915-2011) presents a comprehensive selection that includes early formal lyrics, fierce feminist and political poems, and meditations on the author's husband suicide, on love, loss, blindness and ageing. Poetry Book Society Recommendation, with a foreword by Sharon Olds.
Sylva Fischerova is one of the most formidable Czech poets of her generation. A distinguished classicist who teaches at Charles University in Prague, she writes poetry with a vivid imagination as well as historical reach, and was first published in English as a young poet by Bloodaxe in 1990.
Second collection summoning up the sensual and scandalous spirit of the Latin poet Catullus but with a female protagonist. Catulla et al was shortlisted for the Roland Mathias Poetry Award (Wales Book of the Year).
Joan Margarit is one of Spain's major modern writers, known for his mastery of the Catalan language, and has become Spain's most widely acclaimed contemporary poet. This edition draws on two collections published since his 2006 Bloodaxe retrospective, "Tugs in the Fog: Selected Poems".
Kate Potts's distinctive first collection is concerned with imagination - as means of escape and of illumination, as destructive and redemptive. Its finely honed urban landscapes are shot through with myth, storytelling and the lure of transformation.