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Ancient Sunlight
Ancient Sunlight

Ancient Sunlight


128 Pages, 5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $18.95)

Publication Date: March 2014

ISBN 9781907587290

Rights: US & CA

Enitharmon Press (Mar 2014)

Price: $15.95


The poems of Ancient Sunlight range in theme and space from the inner East End of London – where the poet has lived for over thirty years – with its complex richnesses of cultures and the often brutal pains of its regeneration, to great European cities such as Prague and the Italian mountains of his family origins. It is a poetry that marries personal acuity with deep communal awareness, reflecting his work as a poet in schools, hospitals, galleries, drop-in centers, urban and moorland fastnesses, and the wilder places of the human heart. This is a generous, passionate poetry of affirmation and anger for those excluded by, or on the margins of, our drunkenly material literature and society.


"His particular way of interlocking direct delineation of condition, and richly robed ceremony, is unique. You get the classic song and the social worker's report at the same time." —Peter Riley,

Author Biography

Stephen Watts is a poet, translator and editor. His previous works include The Lava's Curl (1990), Gramsci & Caruso (2003), The Blue Bag (2004), Mountain Language (2008) and Journey Across Breath (2011). Well respected as a translator, particularly of poets living in exile, his own work has been translated into many languages and valued beyond his mother tongue.