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The latest installment of Carcanet’s ground-breaking New Poetries series, the selection represents a mix of new talent and old hands. Particularly look out for Oli Hazzard and William Letford, during working hours a roofer in Scotland, whose exasperated poem ‘Moths’ has to be read to be believed (especially for the line ‘perforated my kilt between weddings’). Each poet’s work is preceded by a mini-essay by the poet on some aspect of their craft. Common to all these is a faith in the continuing importance of poetry. Writes Dan Burt, ‘clearly I believe…there is little poetry cannot, in time, encompass. It exposes reality’s heart, cuts experience whole.’


Dan Eltringham