New pamphlets – Marina Tsvetaeva (trans. Moniza Alvi and Veronika Krasnova) and Mike Barlow


 

 

 

 

 

 


Following a successful launch at Attenborough Arts, Leicester, on 9 November, we are delighted to announce the publication of our two new pamphlets. Click here to get them!

Marina Tsvetaeva (1892-1941) is considered by many to be the most important Russian poet of her generation. Her life, which coincided with some of the most turbulent years of Russian history, was one of extreme hardship. She was first and foremost a poet – everything else was secondary: ‘Through the indifference of grey moss / I proclaim – there will be poems!’ (‘Certainty’). In Bitter Berries, Moniza Alvi and Veronika Krasnova have translated a selection of poems from her later years, covering themes such as exile, conflict, and a poet’s fate, and conveying this poet’s range, depth, passion and power to astonish. The pamphlet is illustrated by the artist Katya Krasnova.

Moniza Alvi’s Homesick for the Earth, her versions of the French poet Jules Supervielle, was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2011. She received a Cholmondeley Award in 2002. Three of her poetry collections have been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Her most recent book is Blackbird, Bye, Bye (Bloodaxe, 2018). Veronika Krasnova graduated from Moscow University where she studied English and American literature. Her most recent translation was a selection of poetry by a contemporary Russian poet Stanislav Smelyansky, to appear in Holocaust Poetry: An Anthology edited by Jean Boase-Beier (Arc Publications). She teaches Russian language at UEA.

‘Bitter Berries is a stunning new rendition of Tsvetaeva’s lesser-known work, revealing a fierce and unexpectedly modernist sensibility in her later lyrics. Moniza Alvi and Veronika Krasnova’s translations are both flexible and lapidary, their imagist spirit enhanced by the inclusion of fragments of Russian text and Katya Krasnova’s elegant graphics. These bittersweet and moreish poems mark a significant contribution to Tsvetaeva’s oeuvre in English, and will be relished alike by new readers, established lovers and scholars of one of Russia’s most important and enduring poets.’
Tiffany Atkinson

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Born of this world yet not quite of it, the ghosts that haunt the poems in Mike Barlow’s Some Kind of Ghost play with parallel realities, the alternatives – imagined, remembered, sensed and intruded upon – that shadow the everyday and taken-for-granted. Shifts and shivers, blind faith and fear, unspoken thoughts, hindsight, false trails, a missed beat in conversation, all lead to that ‘knife-edge feeling / as the will to fly competes with gravity’ (‘Ridge Walking with Maddy’). Condensed and surefooted, the poems have a deceptive ease and informality which bridge the inner and the outer worlds to take you somewhere unexpected.

Barlow’s first collection, Living on the Difference (Smith|Doorstop, 2004), won the Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Competition and was shortlisted for the Jerwood Aldeburgh Prize. This was followed by two further collections, Another Place (Salt, 2007) and Charmed Lives (Smith|Doorstop, 2012), and a number of pamphlets, one of which, Amicable Numbers (Templar, 2008) was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice. He is a former winner of The National Poetry Competition.

‘Poems of a wonderful fluency and scope imbued with a sense of the mystery that underlies all things.’
John Killick

‘Family voices, landscapes, back rooms: some of the routes by which Mike Barlow explores his own ghosts. These are poems in which “you hear your own heartbeat / amplified” (‘The Stump Cross System’), and share the rich texture of connections between the living and the dead.’
D. A. Prince

‘Yeats would have called them ‘Presences’, the ghosts Mike Barlow calls up or finds himself visited by in these lovely poems. Each has a substantiality which belies the merely wraith-like, as in the heart-breaking last stanza of ‘Posthumous’, where the widow of a dead soldier wakes “all hours now, / His warmth nudging her, wanting it. / She rolls over on top and the chill / Of his absence takes her breath away”.’
John Lucas

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New Walk Editions pamphlets – Alan Jenkins & Polly Atkin (issue 16)

The two new New Walk Editions pamphlets are now available! See: https://newwalkmagazine.bigcartel.com/


Alan Jenkins, Tidemarks

Sea-scenes encountered in childhood, and the south London of a nautical-school adolescence, all remembered or revisited in middle age (or in dreams), provide the governing sights and sounds of these poems – a coast eroded by time, washed over by memory, sharpened by pangs of pleasure or regret. Voices of the past, and of sea-dogs real and imagined, form a reproachful counterpoint to the lyrical ‘I’, and as always in this poet’s work a distinctive music emerges from the collision of emotional
raggedness with metrical discipline, exacting eloquence with salty vernacular.

‘Jenkins stands out among his male peers with his uniquely compelling blend of intense feeling and elegant style’
Carol Ann Duffy

Polly Atkin, With Invisible Rain

With Invisible Rain explores location and dislocation in and of the body, through poems drawing on lived experience and found texts. Through the frame of the English Lake District, the poems examine living with invisible disabilities, and how pain might communicate, and be communicated.
The pamphlet is organised around extracts from two longer sequences. ‘v/s’ explores experience of Genetic Haemochromatosis, the treatment for which involves having pints of blood taken to counteract iron overload. In ‘Much with Body’, meanwhile, words from Dorothy Wordsworth’s journals are repurposed to uncover the connection between the landscapes within and without: the external weather of the Lakes and the internal weather of the body.

‘At once deeply authentic and luminously metaphorical’
Sasha Dugdale

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New Walk Editions pamphlets – Zayneb Allak & John Mole (issue 15)

We are delighted to announce publication of new poetry pamphlets by John Mole and Zayneb Allak – the first pamphlet publications from New Walk Editions! Order now, or subscribe to the series, at www.newwalkmagazine.bigcartel.com
 
John Mole, A Different Key

John Mole’s most recent collection is Gestures and Counterpoints (Shoestring Press). A recipient of the Gregory and Cholmondeley Awards for poetry and the Signal Award for his poems for children, he lives in Hertfordshire where he is president of the Ver Poets and plays regularly as a jazz clarinet­tist.
 
‘The fresh ground chanced upon’ which John Mole evokes in one of the poems here is discoverable in them all. Mole’s mastery of form and his deft balance of wit and gravity between them make familiar subjects – family, old age, art itself – new, surprising, and, most important, entirely convincing. John Lucas
 
In this group of poems, John Mole’s humanity and formal skills are deployed to eloquent effect. Grief is balanced by humour in a way that perfectly conveys the fluctuations of the mourning process. Carole Satyamurti

Passionate, skilful, witty and deeply moving, these poems prove John Mole’s gifts of perfect pitch, perfect touch and perfect time. Nick Drake
 
 
Zayneb Allak, Keine Angst
 
The poems in Keine Angst are warm, shrewd, loving, astute. They listen to voices, and enter the spaces left when voices are absent. In these endeavours, they travel: overseas, into the earth, and into themselves. They are concerned with being out of place, and unexpected homecomings.
 
Zayneb Allak grew up in Baghdad and Birmingham, and has since lived and worked in various places around the world. She has a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from Nottingham Trent University, and is Lecturer in Creative Writing at Edge Hill University. This is her first pamphlet.
 
Zayneb Allak’s voice is an unusual one: fluid, staunch, magical. These are poems that can suggest, in a short space, the capaciousness of a life. Linguistically as well as geo­graphically on the move, these are reflective, imaginative poems for our time. Moniza Alvi
 
These are confident, questing, and very timely poems, which keep tuning in to the idea of home, but are arrestingly alert to what lies beyond familiar borders. Zayneb Allak keeps listening – to other people, to other languages, and most crucially to the serious music in her own playful, pleasurable words. John Greening
 
These are bold and risk-taking poems, which make for an exhilarating and

compelling read. The direct and uncompromising voice is spare yet expansive and every line packs a punch. Immensely readable and extremely moving, Keine Angst is a work of great power and originality. Anna Saunders

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New Walk 14

IMG_4923Mark Ford, John Gallas, Carrie Etter, Anna Saunders, Caroline Maldonado, Evan Jones, Toby Martinez de las Rivas, Gina Wilson and others. An interview with Toby Martinez de las Rivas. John Lucas on C. K. Williams. And a great deal more! This is, for the time being, the last print copy of New Walk magazine, as we turn our attention to poetry pamphlets. Buy here.

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New Walk 13

ISSUE 13 – autumn/winter 2016/17 – BUY HERE!

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New poems by Tom Pickard, Mary Noonan, John Greening, Zayneb Allak, Aly Stoneman, Stephen Knight, John Lucas, Alan Jenkins, Sue Dymoke and others. N.S. Thompson on B.H. Fairchild. Artwork by artists from the Leicester Print Workshop. And a lot more!NW13.cover2mini.jpg

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New Walk 12

New Walk 12 is here. New poems by Josephine Corcoran, Kate Miller, William Bedford, Rebecca Goss, Carrie Etter, Alan Baker and many more. A short story by Helen Mort. Rona Cran on Frank O’Hara and Allen Ginsberg. David Wheatley on Ezra Pound’s Posthumous Cantos. Dimitris Lyacos in interview. Artwork by David Corbett and others.

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New Walk 11

NW11.mini coverISSUE 11 CONTAINS:

Poems by Gustav Sack (translated by Peter J. King), Anna Saunders, D. A. Prince, Tim Dooley, Kate Miller, Matt Howard, Ian Parks, Judith Willson and others.

New Walk asks ‘how do you feel now about your first collection?’, with contributions from Moniza Alvi, Mark Ford, Don Share, Michael Schmidt, Tom Pickard, Melissa Lee-Houghton, John Clegg and Alison Brackenbury.

John Lucas considers syllabics. N.S. Thompson talks Adrian Henri. Other articles on F. T. Prince, Theodore Roethke and Charles Causley.

Artwork from the Damaged Landscape competition. Plus reviews, fiction, more artwork, more poems. A bumper issue.

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