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The English Funerals – Chris McCully

 

The English Funerals is a collection of ten-line prose poems which embody an exploration of ‘epic’ verse.

Each poem is a tile, itself representing an epic fragment, juxtaposed with other tiles which themselves yield another story – another fragment of the epic whole – a disconcerting geography, whose voices and histories are present only briefly on the rim of extinction.

Poems – Paul Valéry

Translated by Ian Brinton & Michael Grant; 
Comment by Michael Heller

A rich selection of Paul Valéry’s poetry from translators Brinton and Grant. From the bountiful imagery of ‘Palm Tree’ to the meditations of ‘The Mariners’ Graveyard’, the breadth of Valéry’s poetic talent is shown anew with precision and zeal.

This companion edition to Stéphane Mallarmé is an unmissable contribution from his poetic successor.

[Happenstance:] – Duncan MacKay

 

What happens happens, whether it’s the political madness of 2016 when most of these poems were written, or the way the words fall (or fail to fall) on to the page. If anything, [Happenstance:] is a journal; if anything else, it’s a random mix of action and reflection. As Charles Bernstein puts it: “the poem said in any other way is not the poem.” So it is with [Happenstance:] in which, in the words of ‘Sit Crooked Think Straight’: “writing follows its own bloodied nose.”

Shelley Drowns – John Worthen

 

Shelley Drowns is an account of the last three weeks of the life of the romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Through a day- by-day recovery and detailed examination of the surviving evidence, John Worthen reaches an extraordinary conclusion: that the most likely cause of the poet’s death was suicide. The probability that ‘Shelley drowns Shelley’ not only offers to correct all previous biographies (including his own, recently published major work) but to change perceptions of Shelley for ever.