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Sweeping out the Dark

This is the title of a collection published in 1994 by Carcanet Press, Manchester. It includes new poems and translations as well as reprints of 58 poems from Hold Hands Among the Atoms (Glasgow: Mariscat Press, 1991).

Contents:

Red Flag Down
Trajectory (Six Sonnets)
A Third Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries
Three Instamatic Poems
The Lost Mandate
Dido
Stein on Venus
Eros
Head
Taormina
In Memoriam Laura Riding
dsh: recollection of a vortex
Translated from a Tablet in the Royal Library at Nineveh
A Sonnet
Macaronicon
San Diego
Tijuana
Las Vegas
Motel
Sedona
Hotel
Revolving Restaurant

from Hold Hands Among the Atoms

A Departure
Difference
A Chapter
A Change
October in Albania
An Island
A Ceremony
A Statue
Persuasion
An Offer
An Elegy
Hands On, 1937
A Dragon
An Abandoned Culvert
A City
A Smokehouse
Il Traviato
A Pastoral
Days
A Needle
A Vanguard
Aunt Myra (1901-1989)
Morning in Naples
A Memorial
An Interview
Urban Gunfire
A Warning
A Night Sweat
A Story
Twilights
A Skew
A Defence
A Sunset
An Argument
A Particular Country
A Coach-Tour (J.G.S.)
A Moratorium
A Fuchsia
The Last Intifada
A Flypast
A Black Dog Day
Tram-Ride, 1939 (F.M.)
A Water Horse
Whistling
A Sling
The Last Scoria
Sunday in East Mars
An Atrium
A Full Moon
Golden Apples
Fires
A Pedlar
An Iraqi Student
A Lintel
A Manifesto
A Leavetaking
A Crow
Lamps

Translations

Claudian (c.370-404)

On the Old Man of Verona: A Deconstruction

Michelangelo (1475-1564)

'In me is daith…'

Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837)

The Aesome Blackie
Flinder
Tae his sel

Aleksandr Pushkin (1799-1837)

Autumn (A Fragment)
'Corbie tae corbie…'

Vladimir Solovyov (1853-1900)

The Wintry Loch o Saimaa

Aleksandr Blok (1880-1921)

'Nicht, causey, leerie, pothicar…'

Velimir Khlebnikov (1885-1922)

Gaffin-Cantrip
Ha-oo!
Coarse Talk

Vladimir Mayakovksy (1893-1930)

For All That

Eugenio Montale (1896-1981)

Boats on the Marne
Wind in the Crescent
Xenia II (5)

Attila József (1905-1937)

Attila József, believe me
Heart-Innocent
Mother
Meditative
Unemployed
Keep Going!
My Mother
It isn't me
Ode
On the Pavement
I Open the Door
Everything's Old
They'd Love Me
My Mother Washing Clothes a Wreath
Dead Landscape
The Woodcutter
Blighty Numbers
March 1937
Epitaph for a Spanish Farm-Hand
Elegy
Profit
'Freight trains shunt…'
Night in the Suburbs
'Well, in the end…'
In Light, White Clothes

Gennady Aigi (b. 1934)

Mozart: Cassation 1
A Note: Apophatic
Lake and Bird
Field: Height of Winter
KRCH-80
Sending Roses
Suburban House
The Birches Rustle
Once More: Places in the Forest

Ezra Pound (1885-1972)

Lament of the Frontier Guard: A Restruction

 

Reprints:

The following poems were reprinted in:

New Selected Poems, Manchester: Carcanet Press, 2000, pp. 159-167.

Stein on Venus
Eros
Macaronicon
Difference
Persuasion
An Abandoned Culvert
A City
Il Traviato
Aunt Myra
Urban Gunfire
Fires
A Pedlar

 

All Translations of this collection were reprinted in:

Collected Translations, Manchester: Carcanet Press, 1996, pp. 325-370.

Sweeping Out the Dark is available directly at Carcanet Press Ltd., and in any bookshop or online bookshop.

 

 

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