Sarah Maguire - Author

About the Author

Born in 1957, Sarah Maguire has published three collections of poetry, Spilt Milk, The Invisible Mender and The Florist's at Midnight, as well as the anthology Flora Poetica: The Chatto Book of Botanical Verse. Her fourth collection, The Pomegranates of Kandahar, will be published in June 2007. She is the founder and director of the Poetry Translation Centre at SOAS, and she has lived all her life in west London.

Featured books by Sarah Maguire

Almost the Equinox Selected Poems

Almost the Equinox Selected Poems

Author: Sarah Maguire Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/08/2015

This is a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation. Sarah Maguire's first collection, Spilt Milk, established her as one of the most original voices in British poetry, and led to her being chosen as one of the New Generation Poets. Three critically acclaimed volumes have since followed - The Invisible Mender, The Florist's at Midnight and The Pomegranates of Kandahar - to form a lucid, lyrical and rich body of work remarkable for its intelligence and artistry.

Other books by Sarah Maguire

Almost the Equinox Selected Poems

Almost the Equinox Selected Poems

Author: Sarah Maguire Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/08/2015

This is a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation. Sarah Maguire's first collection, Spilt Milk, established her as one of the most original voices in British poetry, and led to her being chosen as one of the New Generation Poets. Three critically acclaimed volumes have since followed - The Invisible Mender, The Florist's at Midnight and The Pomegranates of Kandahar - to form a lucid, lyrical and rich body of work remarkable for its intelligence and artistry.

My Voice

My Voice

Author: Sarah Maguire Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/06/2014

As this gloriously diverse, revelatory selection of translations from the Poetry Translation Centre's first decade proves, nothing has invigorated poetry in English more than translation. Here you will find 111 brilliant poems translated from 27 different languages (ranging from Arabic to Zapotec: all the original scripts are included) by 45 of the world's leading poets. Arranged on a journey from exile to ecstasy, these powerful poems have been co-translated by some of the UK's best-loved 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 for whom poetry is of overwhelming importance. Reading these Somali, Afghan, Sudanese and Kurdish poets (26 countries are represented), you will understand why their scintillating and heartbreaking poems inspire such devotion.

The Pomegranates of Kandahar

The Pomegranates of Kandahar

Author: Sarah Maguire Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/06/2007

Sarah Maguire's rich and lyrical poems have been highly praised for the ease with which they ground precise, sensual detail within the wider context of world events. In this remarkable new collection, her poems travel greater distances than ever before. The title poem laments the devastation visited upon Afghanistan following decades of war. Other poems consider the casualties of political unrest: would-be migrants in Tangiers gazing northwards at the longed-for phantasmagoria of 'Europe'; and packs of wolves on the loose in post-Soviet Kazakhstan. But there are intimate poems too, often using scientific vocabularies to offset a personal moment, as in 'Landscape, with Dead Sea' where the erosion of the poet's skin is connected to geological transformations at the earth's core.

Flora Poetica The Chatto Book of Botanical Verse

Flora Poetica The Chatto Book of Botanical Verse

Author: Sarah Maguire Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2003

This beautiful anthology brings together over 250 poems about flowers, plants and trees from eight centuries of writing in English, creating a rich bouquet of intriguing juxtapositions. Fourteenth-century lyrics sit next to poems of the twenty-first century; celebrations of plants native to the English soil share the volume with more exotic plant poetry. There are thirty poems about roses, by poets as diverse as Shakespeare, Dorothy Parker and the South African, Seitlhamo Motsapi; but there are also sections devoted to more unusual plants such as the mandrake, the starapple and the tamarind. An ex-gardener, the celebrated poet Sarah Maguire brings her extensive horticultural knowledge to bear on all the poems, arranging them into botanical families, identifying the plants being written about and writing a fascinating introduction. Whether you are a poetry lover, a gardener, a botanist, or simply the purchaser of the occasional bunch of flowers, this unique anthology allows you to luxuriate amidst the world's flora.

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