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It was blacker and blacker in the wood.

The chalk path led into such darkness

My heart almost failed me, but I kept going.

- Sasha Dugdale, Joy

FOUNDED BY T S ELIOT 1953

WINTER 2017 NO. 255

CONTENTS

CHOICE

Sasha Dugdale • Joy • Carcanet

RECOMMENDATIONS

Paul Deaton • A Watchful Astronomy • Seren

Tim Dooley • Weemoed • Eyewear Publishing

Anne Michaels • All We Saw • Bloomsbury

Ahren Warner • Hello. Your promise has been extracted • Bloodaxe

SPECIAL COMMENDATION

Fleur Adcock • Hoard • Bloodaxe

RECOMMENDED TRANSLATION

Ana Blandiana • Translated by Viorica Patea and Paul Scott Derrick The Sun of Hereafter Ebb of the Senses • Bloodaxe

PAMPHLET CHOICE

Ruth McIlroy • Guppy Primer • Smith | Doorstop

GUEST SELECTOR | ANDREW McMILLAN

Wayne Holloway-Smith • Alarum • Bloodaxe

REVIEWS

NEWS & EVENTS

LISTINGS

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LETTER FROM THE PBS

I would like to start with a huge thank you to our poet selector, Vona Groarke, who has come to the end of her PBS tenure with this Winter Bulletin. Vona has made some brilliant selections and written wonderful reviews over the last two years and has been incredibly supportive to myself and the team since we took over the running of the PBS for which I am eternally grateful. We wish her well and look forward to reviewing her future titles!

We are delighted to welcome Sandeep Parmar as our new Book Selector, Sandeep is the author of two poetry collections and is a Ledbury Forte prize winner. She was a Forward Prize 2017 judge and has written for a wide variety of publications, including the Guardian, TLS, FT and Poetry Review.

You may have noticed some changes, not only in the design of the Bulletin, but also a new guest selector spot – Andrew McMillan has chosen his favourite title of 2017 for this Bulletin, watch this space for further guest selections. Jen Campbell, award winning poet, reviewer and vlogger (video blogger for the uninitiated!) will