RECOMMENDATIONS FOR LIBRARIANS
new titles recommended in 2014
The Cream of the Well: New and selected poems
Luath Press, ISBN 978-1910021682, 30 November 2014, £9.99, pbk
From former Edinburgh Makar, Valerie Gillies, comes a selection of works from over eight collections of poetry, including previously uncollected poems and a new selection of poems, 'A Year as an American Bird'.
Thomas Lux: Selected Poems
Bloodaxe Books, ISBN 978-1780371153, £12, pbk, 7 November
Covering this US poet's career from earlier surrealist poems to his later, direct voice. 'One of the few poets writing today who fills me with envy' - Billy Collins.
An Aviary of Small Birds
Karen McCarthy Woolf
Carcanet, ISBN 978 1 906188 14 6, October 2014, £9.95, pbk
A first collection of poems that is both elegy to a stillborn son and testament to the redemptive qualities of poetry as a transformative art.
Picador, ISBN ISBN: 9781447259435, £9.99, November, pbk
This major Australian poet uses an old Welsh stanza form to explore the exploitation - or sacking - of the human relationship with the land.
When God Is A Traveller
Bloodaxe, ISBN 978-1780371160, £9.99, 20 November, pbk
Shortlisted for the 2015 T S Eliot Prize, this Bombay-based poet's second collection with Bloodaxe is about 'the long dangerous route to recovering what it is to be alive and human'.
Gallery Press, ISBN 978-1852356095, €11.95 pb, €18.50 hb, 1 October
Belfast-born Alan Gillis now lives in Edinburgh, where he edits Edinburgh Review and teaches at the University. His last collection was a knockout, and you can confidently expect this one will be too.
Carol Ann Duffy, artwork by Stephen Raw
Picador, ISBN 978-1447274506, September 2014, £16.99, hbk
Carol Ann Duffy is halfway through her Laureate post, and this book gathers together many of the public poems written since 2009. It accompanies the Poetry from the Palace: From Dryden to Duffy exhibition of work by poets laureate at the Palace of Holyrood.
Hold Your Own
Picador, ISBN ISBN: 9781447241218, £9.99, October, pbk
The sensational Kate Tempest's poetry explodes in performance but lives on the page too. This first full-length collection is an ambitious, multi-voiced work based around the mythical figure of Tiresias.
Bloodaxe, ISBN 978-1852248307, £12, 23 October, pbk
Katrina Porteous, born in Aberdeen and living in Northumberland, draws on Border ballad and Northumbrian story-telling and song to explore the 'debatable lands'.
Carcanet, ISBN 978-1847772572, £9.95, 31 October, pbk
Gumiguru is the tenth month of the Shona calendar - a month of dryness and heat before the first rains fall and rejuvenate the land. This cycle of poems distils the experiences of a decade into one calendar year, framed through the landscapes of Zimbabwe; an elegy for the poet's father and a hymn to the veldt.
Mimi Khalvati, The Weather Wheel (Carcanet)
Kerry Hardie, The Zebra Stood in the Night (Bloodaxe)
John Fuller, The Dice Cup (Chatto & Windus)
Martha Kapos, The Likeness (Enitharmon Press)
Dennis O’Driscoll, Update: Poems 2011-2013 (Anvil Press Poetry)
Richard James Jones, Little Man (Parthian Press)
Michael Laskey, Weighing the Present (Smith/Doorstop)
James Russell, A True-Dream Run (Knives Forks & Spoons)
Lesley Saunders, The Walls Have Angels (Mulfran Press)
Agnieszka Studzinska, What Things Are (Eyewear)
Sailing the Forest: Selected poems
Picador, ISBN 9781447231554 hbk, £20, 9781447274049 pbk, £14.99, September
A first Selected from this major Scottish poet.
Over the Moon
Bloodaxe, ISBN 978144726344901, August 2014, £14.99, pbk
The fifth collection from Pakistani-Glasgow-London poet Imtiaz Dharker, focusing on London rather than the poems of India in her previous collection.
Bloodaxe, ISBN 1 78037 113 6, £9.95, September, pbk
Miriam Gamble, now based in Edinburgh, takes the title of her second collection from pirate radio, and explores a world where people are 'steered rather than steering'.
Not All Honey
Bloodaxe, ISBN 1 78037 112 8, £9.95, September, pbk
Roddy Lumsden 'fathoms the ingredients for happy' in this collection, which includes 'The Bells of Hope', 51 short and exuberant 'kernel poems' which record the poet's first ever year lived alone.
Vagabond Poets, ISBN 978-1908251343, £8.95, September, pbk
Gerry Loose, poet and garden maker, maps the 'fault line' dividing man from his environment, here particularly the Faslane submarine base.
The Whole and Rain-Domed Universe
Picador, ISBN 978-1447263432, £9.99, September, pbk
Colette Bryce was born in Derry and this riveting fifth collection is about growing up there during the Troubles.
Paper Aeroplane: Selected poems 1989-2014
Faber, ISBN 978 0 571 31067 8, £14.99, September, hbk/ebk
Simon Armitage's own selection from twenty-five years of work, from his debut to the latest, uncollected work.
Eavan Boland, A Woman Without a Country (new collection), Carcanet
Pascale Petit, Fauverie (Seren, September 2014)
Martin Anderson, Obsequy for Lost Things (Shearsman, September 2014)
Jon Thompson, Landscape with Light (Shearsman, September 2014)
Lucy Tunstall, The Republic of the Husband (Carcanet, September 2014)
Togara Muzanenhamo, Gumiguru (Carcanet, September 2014)
John Wilkinson, Schedule of Unrest: Selected poems 1974-2008 (Salt, September 2014)
Concerning the Atlas of Scotland and other poems
Polygon, ISBN 978-1846973017 pbk, £12.99, August
Inspired by Tom Pow's recent residency at the National Library of Scotland's Map Library; poems interspersed with images of unusual maps, in a beautiful book design from Polygon.
Picador, ISBN 978144726344901, August 2014, £14.99, pbk
A selection from three books of poetry by Scottish-born poet and novelist Kate Clanchy.
Jonathan Cape, ISBN 978-0224102063, £10, August, pbk
The tenth collection from one of the most respected and widely-read poets of his generation, The Stairwell combines elegy (war, personal loss) and life-affirming warmth.
Short Days, Long Shadows
Seren, ISBN 978-1781721568, £9.99, June, pbk
Sheenagh Pugh's twelfth collection explores a new landscape for this noted and popular poet - Shetland.
Chatto & Windus, ISBN 978-0701188573, £10, August, pbk
Primary school teacher Liz Berry's first collection is about the place she was born, the West Midlands' Black Country. This collection is shortlisted for the Forward First Collection and comes pre-recommended with an unusually high level of impressive reviews..
David Harsent, Standing Shadows, Faber
David C Ward, Call Waiting, Carcanet
Marcus Kociejowski, God’s Zoo, Carcanet
Jonathan Cape, ISBN 9780224098076 pbk, 9781448163229 ebk, £10, July
What matters most? From love to politics by way of the New Testament, Robert Crawford's seventh collection is about the important things.
Carcanet, ISBN 978-1847772206, June 2014, £12.95, pbk
Philip Terry transplants the story of Dante's Inferno to the University of Essex...
Learning to Make An Oud in Nazareth
Chatto & Windus, ISBN 9780701188160, £10, ebook ISBN 9781448161553
Through images of conflict and craftsmanship, Ruth Padel’s (The Poem and the Journey; 52 Ways of Looking At a Poem) powerful new collection on the Middle East traces a quest for harmony in the midst of destruction.
And You, Helen
Deryn Rees-Jones, Charlotte Hodes
Seren, ISBN 9781781721728,15 July 2014, hbk, £14.99
Helen Thomas was widowed with three young children when her husband the war poet Edward Thomas was killed at the battle of Arras in 1917. And You, Helen explores her loss, and the loss of all war widows, through Deryn Rees-Jones' long poem and the art of Charlotte Hodes.
Faber Poets of the Great War Series:
Wilfred Owen, Selected Poems; Siegfried Sassoon, The War Poems; Robert Graves, Selected Poems; Edward Thomas, Selected Poems; Rupert Brooke, The Poetical Works
All Faber, 7 July 2014, hbk, £10
Five of the most significant poets of WWI republished in this hardback series from Faber.
Jon Silkin, Complete poetry, ed Jon Glover, Kathryn Jenner, Carcanet
Kelly Grovier, The Lantern Cage, Carcanet
Marcus Kociejowski, God’s Zoo, Carcanet
Nine Arches Press, ISBN 978-0-9927589-1-2, £8.99, pbk, June
First full-length collection from Stirling-based poet Richie McCaffery.
One Day in the Life of Jimmy Denisovich
Smokestack Books, ISBN 9780992740917, £7.95, pbk, June
Graham Fulton's widely-published poems may reference Glasgow, but - the title's a giveaway - they've got international roots.
Hoyoot: Collected poems and songs
Carcanet, ISBN 978 1 847772 54 1, £19.95, pbk, June
Tom Pickard was born in Newcastle, and founded the legendary Morden Tower readings there in 1963; he's going back to source with this selection from a life of writing.
Toby Martinez de las Rivas
Faber, ISBN 978-0571296828, £9.99, pbk, June
First collection from this poet whose influences range from archaeology and the landscape of Northumberland to love, sex, betrayal.
The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion
Carcanet, ISBN 978-1847772671, £9.95, pbk, May
A fourth collection by the blisteringly eloquent poet and novelist Kei Miller, based in Glasgow and Jamaica.
Dry Stone Work
Arc, ISBN 978-1908376-05-3, £9.99, pbk (also available hbk), June
Brian Johnstone, based in Fife and a big figure on the Scottish poetry scene, follows up on his 2009 collection from Arc, The Book of Belongings.
Jonathan Cape, ISBN 978-0224099493, £10, pbk, May
First full-length collection from Fiona Benson, previously published in the Faber New Poets series.
Eavan Boland: A Poet's Dublin
ed Paula Meehan and Jody Allen Randolph
Carcanet, ISBN 978 1 847774 47 7, £8.95, pbk, May
Renowned Irish poet Eavan Boland's 70th birthday is celebrated with this selection of photographs to accompany her poems about her home city of Dublin.
Merchant in Feathers
Peepal Tree Press, ISBN 9781845232337, £8.99, pbk, May
Jamaican poet Tanya Shirley is taking part in our Commonwealth Poetry exchange - hear her 'poetry postcard' on BBC Scotland's podcast.
Tom Paulin: New Selected Poems
Faber & Faber, ISBN 978-0571307982, hbk, £14.99, May
The Moon Before Morning
W S Merwin
Bloodaxe, ISBN 1 78037 101 2, pbk, £12, May
P J Kavanagh: New Selected Poems
Carcanet, ISBN 978 1 847772 52 7, pbk, £12.95, May
Elsewhere Or Thereabouts
Shearsman, ISBN 9781848613270, £8.95, pbk, 15 January
Born in Edinburgh and now living in Exeter, Alasdair Paterson returned to writing after a gap of 20 years. His poem 'In The Library' was selected for the SPL's Best Scottish Poems 2010.
Picador, ISBN: 9781447220428 13 February, £16.99 pbk
Shearsman, ISBN 9781848613256, 15 February, £8.95 pbk
Bloodaxe, ISBN 978-1780370989, £9.95, pbk, March
The tenth collection from this poet and translator informed by European influences.
All One Breath
Jonathan Cape, ISBN 978-0224097406, £10, pbk, Feb
John Burnside's new collection, his first since T S Eliot prize-winning Black Cat Bone, considers shared experience. (A prose memoir, I Put A Spell On You, is out in May, also from Jonathan Cape.)
Carcanet, ISBN 978 1 906188 11 5, £9.95, pbk, March
Rooted in the author's discovery of her father, a soldier in the Mesopotamian campaign in World War I; but brought up to the present, connecting WWI fragments to war in Iraq. Contains poems translated into Arabic, as well as exploring diary, prose, free verse and formal poems.
Bloodaxe, ISBN 1 78037 099 7, £9.95, pbk, 27 March
A first full-length collection from Vidyan Ravinthiran, with poems about Sri Lanka, as well as poems in translation.
The Sparkling Jewel of Naturism
Bloodaxe, ISBN 1 78037 103 9, pbk, £9.95, March
Shearsman, ISBN 9781848613195, pbk, £8.95, 15 March
Openings: A European Journal
Shearsman, ISBN 9781848613041, pbk, £13.95, 15 March 2014
Reassembling Still — Collected Poems
Shearsman, ISBN 9781848613317, pbk, £14.95,15 March
Shearsman, ISBN 978-1848613218, pbk, £8.95, April
The Evergreen: A New Season in the North
hbk, £15, October, direct from Wordbank
Edinburgh publishing collective Wordbank is updating theEvergreen periodical last produced 120 years ago by Allan Ramsay and Patrick Geddes, with an impressive roster of contributing poets and authors. The new Evergreen aims to ‘revive local colour’ in Edinburgh and explore how literature and the arts support community – in any locality.
ed Zoë Strachan
Freight Publishing, ISBN 978-1-908754-68-4, pbk, £8.99, September
A definitive new anthology of poetry and prose writing from Scotland’s leading and emerging LGBT writers, including the likes of Ali Smith, Louise Welsh, Jackie Kay, Ronald Frame, Toni Davidson, Kerry Hudson, Val McDermid, Damian Barr, and edited by Zoe Strachan.
Forward Book of Poetry 2015
intro Jeremy Paxman
Faber, ISBN 978-0571315246, pbk, £8.99, 30 September
Selections from the books and poems shortlisted in the three categories of this year's Forward Prize - shortlist to your right.
Best British Poetry 2014
ed Mark Ford, Roddy Lumsden
Salt, ISBN 978-1-907773-68-6, £9.99
Exactly what it says on the tin.
Poetry By Heart: Poems for learning and reciting
ed Andrew Motion, Dixon
Viking, ISBN 978-0241185544, pbk, £16.99, also hbk, 2 October
Coincides with the third Poetry By Heart competition, and - of course - National Poetry Day 2014.
Look Up Edinburgh: World-Class Architectural Heritage That's Hidden in Plain Sight
ed Adrian Searle, David Barbour
Freight Books, ISBN 978-1908754776, £25, hbk, 31 October
Following Look Up Glasgow, this book explores Edinburgh's extraordinary rooftop architectural heritage. Features full colour photography, annotations, and occasional verse from some of the city's leading poets.
Be The First to Like This: New Scottish poetry
ed Colin Waters
Vagabond Voices, ISBN 978-1-908251-35-0, pbk, £9.95, September
Be the First to Like This features 40 poets, mostly under 40, who have made Scotland their home. It’s a survey, a yearbook, a celebration and a promise of things to come.
Songs of Other Places: New writing Scotland 32
ed Gerry Cambridge, Zoe Strachan
ASLS, ISBN 978-1906841195, pbk, £9.45, July
The annual selection of new writing, prose and poetry, from established and emerging writers. Full contents list on the ASLS site.
Ten: The new wave
ed Karen McCarthy Woolf
Bloodaxe, ISBN 978-1780371108, £9.95, pbk, September
Ten poets, selected for The Complete Works 2 mentoring project, a groundbreaking initiative to promote diversity and quality in British poetry, initiated by the writer Bernardine Evaristo.
Poems Dead and Undead
ed Tony Barnstone, Michelle Mitchell-Foust
Everyman, ISBN 978-0375712517, £9, hbk, September
A spine-chillingly (and in good time to be Hallowe'en-appropriate) collection of poems about the living and the dead and the world between.
Scotia Nova: Poems for the Early Days of a Better Nation
ed Alistair Findlay and Tessa Ransford
Luath Press, ISBN, 9781910021101, pbk, £8.99, August
Scotia Nova is a collection of poetry addressing social and political issues in Scotland.
Blame Montezuma!: An assortment of chocolate poems
Happenstance Press, August
From Happenstance, the small Scottish pamphlet press, this tantalising promise: an anthology of chocolate poems. Poems about chocolate. It may have sent the publisher a little dotty, though: do read her blog, you'll see what I mean.
Poems Of The American South, ed David Biespiel, Everyman Classics (US)
Arabic Poems, ed Marle Hammond, Everyman Classics (US)
Tools of the Trade: Poems for new doctors
ed Lesley Manson, John Gillies, Ali Newell, Lilias Fraser
Scottish Poetry Library, pbk, £5, 978-0-9562191-6-9
A pocket-size book, given free to every new doctor graduating in Scotland this year, with poems to help them do the job and stay in one piece. We have a small proportion of the print run for sale. Read more
A Doctor's Line
ed Kenneth Calman
Sandstone Press, hbk, £16.99, 978-1-908737-89-2
Professor Sir Kenneth Calman looks at public health and the practice of medicine, using Scottish literature from the 18th century to the present, the developing role of doctors in society and their relationship with their patients.
Ten Poems from Scotland
ed Don Paterson
Candlestick Press, ISBN 978 1 907598 25 8, pbk, £4.95, April
A lovely micro-selection of Scotland in 10 poems from the excellent Candlestick Press, containing some unexpecteds and some favourites - see the full list here.
The Emma Press Anthology of Fatherhood
ed Rachel Piercey, Emma Wright
The Emma Press, ISBN 978-1910139004, pbk, £10, April
This small press is establishing itself with attractively designed poem cards and thematic anthologies. Their 'motherhood' anthology came out earlier in the year; 'fatherhood' is nicely in time for Fathers' Day in June.
Poems from the First World War
ed Gaby Morgan
Macmillan Children's Books & Imperial War Museum, ISBN 978-1447248644, pbk, £5.99, May (hbk available from Sep 2013)
Poetry of WWI by not only the servicemen, but many more affected by the conflict, from nursing staff to families.
Passionfood: 100 Love Poems
ed Neil Astley
Bloodaxe, ISBN 978-1852248697, hbk, £9.95, 30 January
A new hardback gift edition of this particularly luscious selection of love poems.
The Poetry of Sex
ed Sophie Hannah
Viking, ISBN 978-0670921836, hbk, £14.99, 30 January
This new anthology, edited by Sophie Hannah who is herself no slouch on the concise skewering of love and lovers in verse, promises a wide range of poems all about a perfectly sensible topic your web browser isn't going to like. Order the printed book.
From the Line: Scottish War Poetry 1914-1945
ed David Goldie and Roderick Watson
ASLS Annual Volumes, ISBN 978-1906841164, £12.50, hbk, 3 February
From the Line brings together the best of Scotland's poetry from the two World Wars: 138 poems, from fifty-six poets, both men and women, from battlefields across the world and from the Home Front.
Paris: Poetry of place
ed Hetty Meyric Hughes
Eland, ISBN 978-1906011314, pbk, £6.99, Feb
Another in Eland's lovely pocket-sized anthologies of poetry about particular places (the one about Scotland a few years back is also excellent).
The Emma Press Anthology of Motherhood
ed Rachel Piercey, Emma Wright
Emma Press, ISBN 978-0-9574596-7-0, pbk, £10, Feb
With good time for Mother's Day, an anthology of 32 poems about motherhood's complexity and immediacy.
CLASSICS & ESSENTIALS
Walter De La Mare: Snow
ill Carolina Rabei
Faber, ISBN 978-0571312191, £12.99, hbk, also pbk, 16 October
De La Mare's poem with new picturebook illustrations.
Six Poets: Hardy to Larkin: An anthology
ed Alan Bennett
Faber, ISBN 978-0571321094, £14.99, hbk, also pbk, CD, ebook, 2 October
Containing more than 100 poems from Thomas Hardy, A E Housman, John Betjeman, W H Auden, Louis MacNeice and Philip Larkin, with Bennett's commentary discussing their style and charting his own reactions to their work.
The Dark Eidolon and Other Fantasies
Clark Ashton Smith, ed S T Joshi
Penguin Classics, ISBN 978-0143107385, £9.99, pbk
A new selection of prose and poetry by the extraordinary Clark Ashton Smith (1893-1961) - poet, artist, and author of tales of fantasy and horror, in the circle of H P Lovecraft.
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
T S Eliot, illus Rebecca Ashdown
Faber, ISBN 978-0571311866, pbk, £5.99, 6 February
Here it is - the one, the only, in a newly illustrated edition for its 75th anniversary year.
A Ted Hughes Bestiary
Selected by Alice Oswald
Faber, ISBN 978 0 571 30143 0, £14.99, pbk
A chronological selection from Hughes' animal poems.
The Finest Music: An anthology of early Irish lyrics
ed Maurice Riordan
Faber, ISBN 978-0571298013, £14.99, October, hbk
A generous anthology of early Irish poetry, in modern translations such as Auden, Graves or Tennyson, but also in contemporary translations including Seamus Heaney, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Paul Muldoon, Kathleen Jamie, Ciaran Carson and Christopher Reid.
Antonella Anedda, translated by Jamie McKendrick
Bloodaxe, pbk ISBN 978-1780371085, £12, 23 October
Archipelago is a bilingual selection of poems by the leading Italian poet Antonella Anedda drawn from five collections she has published in Italy.
Florentino and the Devil
Alberto Arvelo Torrealba, translated by Timothy Ades and Gloria Carnevali
Shearsman Press, pbk ISBN 978-1848613485, £9.95, 7 October
One of the most popular poems of Venezuela: Florentino is such a great singer and poet that the Devil gets jealous and challenges him to a night of singing.
Crimsoning the Eagle's Claw: The Viking Poems of Rognvaldr Kali Kolsson, Earl of Orkney
translated by Ian Crockatt
Arc, pbk ISBN 9781908376602, £9.99, September
A translation of all 33 of Rognvaldr’s verses from the Orkneyinga Saga, by poet and scholar Ian Crockatt based in Aberdeenshire. While full of highly stylised, often grotesque images, the poems convey the skill, vigour and daring of the original.
The Poetic Edda
translated by Carolyne Larringon
Oxford University Press (Oxford World's Classics), pbk ISBN 978-0199675340, £9.99, September
A new edition of the famous collection of Norse-Icelandic mythological and heroic poetry known as the Poetic Edda, with fully revised translations and updated introduction and notes.
trans Barry Powell
OUP USA, pbk, £20.00, 9780199360314, August
A particularly generous book which includes a new translation, maps, images, notes and complementary recordings at www.oup.com/us/powell.
This Room Is Waiting: poems from Iraq
ed Lauren Pyott and Ryan Van Winkle
Freight Books, ISBN 978-1-908754-49-3, £9.99, pbk, April
Four award-winning UK poets come together with four Iraqi poets to create a truly unforgettable anthology that sheds new light on real lives in contemporary post-war Iraq. Scotland-based Jen Hadfield, Billy Letford, Krystelle Bamford and John Glenday collaborate with four contemporary Iraqi poets, including acclaimed Zahir Mousa, Sabreen Kadhim, Ghareeb Iskander and Kurdish Iraqi, Awezan Nouri. Working with literal translations of the Arabic and Kurdish poems, the English language poets have created new ‘versions’, startling works that channel the anger, fear, hurt, hope, joy and fragile optimism of the originals, reconnecting readers with the realities of real life in post-invasion Iraq.
Louis de Paor: The Brindled Cat and the Nightingale’s Tongue
trans Kevin Anderson, Biddy Jenkinson and Mary O'Donoghue
Bloodaxe, ISBN 1 78037 109 8, £12, pbk, June (bilingual)
Leading Irish poet Louis de Paor's Irish language poems are closely translated here into English, and published in both languages.
My Voice: A Decade of Poems from the Poetry Translation Centre
ed Sarah Maguire
Bloodaxe, ISBN 1 78037 107 1, £12, pbk, June (multilingual)
111 poems translated from 23 different languages (ranging from Arabic to Zapotec: all the original scripts are included) and representing 26 countries, translated by 45 of the world’s leading poets, including Jo Shapcott, Sean O’Brien, Lavinia Greenlaw, W N Herbert, Mimi Khalvati and Nick Laird. Founded by Sarah Maguire, the Poetry Translation Centre aims to transform English verse through engaging with the rich poetic traditions of the UK’s recent immigrant communities including Somalian, Afghan, Sudanese and Kurdish for whom poetry is of overwhelming importance.
Ana Blandiana: My Native Land A4
trans Paul Scott Derrick and Viorica Patea
Bloodaxe, ISBN 978-1780371054, £9.95, pbk, May
Ana Blandiana is a leading Romanian poet, a dissident during the Communist regime and an opponent of Ceausescu. This is a translation of her latest collection.
Ice Roses: Selected Poems
Sarah Kirsch, trans Anne Stokes
Carcanet, ISBN 978-1847771513, pbk, £14.95, 27 February
Sarah Kirsch (1935 - 2013) was an important voice in German poetry, living first in East then West Germany. These new English translations make her work freshly accessible to readers.
Fernando de Herrera: Selected Poems
trans Luis Ingelmo, Michael Smith
Shearsman, ISBN 978-1848613348, pbk, £9.95, 15 February
English translations of the Spanish Renaissance poet, Fernando de Herrera (1534-97).
Vintage, ISBN 978-0099577379, hbk, £12, Feb
Robin Robertson's new translation of Euripides' play of bacchanalian excess.
A Double Sorrow: Troilus and Criseyde
Faber, ISBN 978-0571284542, hbk & ebook, £16.99, 6 March
Lavinia Greenlaw's precision and clarity offers not exactly a translation of Chaucer's poem, but more a new way of thinking about the poem and its tragic lovers.
Green Fire & Bright Hopes: 12 poems for Christmas
Hamish Whyte and Diana Hendry
Mariscat Press, ISBN 978-0946588763, November 2014, £5.00, pbk
A series of jointly-written Christmas poems, originally sent as Christmas cards by poets Hamish Whyte and Diana Hendry.
Mariscat Press, ISBN 9780946588749, £6, September
Jim Carruth, Glasgow's new Makar, explores the rural family and its tensions in this new pamphlet.
ViewMaster: Chapbook & digital album
Ryan Van Winkle, Dave Gorman
ViewMaster is a book and digital album, developed from live performances in 2013 and 2014 in Bristol and the Made in Scotland Showcase at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Ryan Van Winkle and sound artist Dan Gorman guide you through a playful, surreal, journey to a distant land.
Poems about insects (which are also, of course, about people).
Dat Trickster Sun
Christine De Luca
A new pamphlet collection from the brand new Edinburgh Makar and Shetlandic/English poet, Christine De Luca.
The Other Creatures in the Wood
Hugh McMillan is based in Dumfries and Galloway, though these poems range across country.
W N Herbert
Donut Press, ISBN 9780956644572, £10, November 2013
We'll keep claiming W N Herbert as a Dundonian, despite a number of years' residence in Newcastle. This pamphlet not only has the lovely design values of Donut Press, but promises to be viciously funny and witty. (Not a cuddly teddy to share with younger readers, though.)
CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE
How The Library (Not The Prince) Saved Rapunzel
Wendy Meddour, ill Rebecca Ashdown Petrie
Frances Lincoln, £11.99, 9781847804327, hbk, 2 October
Oh, this you gotta have... Not even the prince can shake Rapunzel's apathy. But then she gets a new job at the library! And suddenly life wakes up. “For despite her long hair and her ravishing looks, she loved nothing better than reading good books!”
My Life As A Goldfish and Other Poems
Frances Lincoln, pbk £6.99, ISBN 9781847804822 2 October
A monster’s lunch, a wolf boy, Monday mornings, monkeys, headlice, Christmas, making friends, goldfish – a promising new collection from the winner of the CLPE Poetry Award.
Woozy the Wizard: A spell to get well
Elli Woollard, ill Al Murphy
Faber, ISBN 978 0 571 31109 5, £5.99, pbk, 2 October
An easily-confused wizard causes havoc.
John Agard, Neil Packer
Walker Books, ISBN 978-0744544787, £12.99, pbk, 2 October
Part poetry, part reflection - the story of Book, told by the codex itself.
Yanitzia Canetti, ill Patrice Aggs, Uno Dos Tres: My First Spanish Rhymes,
(Frances Lincoln); First Spanish rhymes available with a CD and includes a dual language glossary in the back
Elizabeth Hammill, Over the Hills and Far Away: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes from Around the World (Frances Lincoln) Double-page spreads illustrated by 76 different artists, who has donated his or her work to the Collection or Archive at Seven Stories, Britain's National Centre for Children's Books.