Agenda is one of the best known and most highly respected poetry journals in the world, having been founded in 1959 by Ezra Pound and William Cookson.
It is edited by Patricia McCarthy, who co-edited the magazine with William Cookson for four years until his death in January 2003. She is continuing, as Seamus Heaney said, ‘to uphold the lofty standards of Agenda’.
"Agenda is one of the two literary periodicals in Britain. I admire it for its attentiveness to all kinds of contemporary poetry… and its consistent stress on the importance of poetry in translation from other languages." Thom Gunn
"Agenda, as the title insists, does several things that need to be done if literary culture is to stay in good shape. First of all, it stimulates and sponsors new poetry by poets whose writings and espousals have given the magazine its personality from the beginning. Agenda has a second important function which it discharges by doing work of critical advocacy for poets of marked or under-rated achievement, living and dead." Seamus Heaney
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Published by Agenda Editions 15th Dec 2014
Storysongs/Chantefables – French poems by Robert Desnos,
English versions by Timothy Adès, Illustrations by Cat Zaza
A charming bilingualbook for children and adults to sing to any tune. The brilliant French poet and surrealist Robert Desnos, 1900-45, wrote these thirty ‘Storysongs’ or 'Chantefables' in 1943, shortly before he was deported as a Resistant. They were quickly published, but he never saw them in print.
These little whimsies of the animal world have delighted generations of French children. Now at last they have been skilfully put into English by the translator-poet, Timothy Adès. This book is bilingual and is adorned with superb illustrations by the award-winning graphic artist Cat Zaza (Caterina Zandonella).
Hardback, full colour covers and illustrations
Price: £11, 12 euros
Available from the Agenda online bookshop or e-mail email@example.com
Vol 48 Nos.3-4 Publication date, 11th November 2014
essays to accompany the ‘Requiem: The Great War’ issue of
W S Milne: Arms and the Man – Geoffrey Hill: Broken
Avant La Lettre: On Browning’s ‘Sludge’, Ford, And The Mess Of A Great
supplement I: two poetry sequences
D.V Cooke and
Web supplement II: poems and
art work by Brian Whelan
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Patricia McCarthy reads 'Clothes that escaped the Great War', winner of the first prize in the National Poetry Competition 2012
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