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Vahni Capildeo and Peter McDonald on PBS 2016 Spring Selections list
We are delighted to announce that Carcanet poets Vahni Capildeo and Peter McDonald have been chosen for the 2016 Poetry Book Society Spring Selections . Capildeo's forthcoming collection, Measures of Expatriation (Jan 2016) has been awarded the 'Choice' while McDonald's The Homeric Hymns  is the PBS 'Recommended Translation'. read more
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Poet Chris Wallace-Crabbe has won the 2015 Melbourne Prize for Literature , presented every three years to a Victorian author ‘whose body of published or produced work has made an outstanding contribution to Australian literature, as well as to cultural and intellectual life’. read more
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Poem of the Day

This Zinc Roof

Kei Miller

This rectangle of sea; this portion
Of ripple; this conductor of midday heat;
This that the cat steps delicately on;

This that the poor of the world look up to
On humid nights, as if it were a crumpled
Heaven they could be lifted into.

God’s mansion is made of many-coloured zinc,
Like a balmyard I once went to, Peace
And Love written across itsbreadth.

This clanging of feet and boots,
Men running from Babylon whose guns
Are drawn against the small measure

Of their lives; this galvanised sheet; this
Corrugated iron. The road to hell is fenced
On each side with zinc –

Just see Dawn Scott’s installation,
A Cultural Object, itscircles of zinc
Like the flight path of johncrows.

The American penny is made from zinc,
Coated with copper, but still enough zinc
That a man who swallowed 425 coins died.

This that poisons us; this that holds
Its nails like a crucified Christ, but only
For a little while. It rises with the hurricane,

Sails in the wind, a flying guillotine.
This, a plate for our severed heads;
This that sprinkles rust

Over our sleep like obeah;
This that covers us; this that chokes us;
This, the only roof we could afford.
Taken from 'A Light Song of Light'...
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