Timothy Adès : Translator–Poet

Recommended Books of Translated Poetry

Bookstall List

These are the hand-picked inexpensive books that I regularly sell, at keen prices, at my bookstall in the Crafts Fair at Lauderdale House, Highgate Hill, London N6. Most have English and foreign facing texts.

Please browse! But NB I do not sell through this website. You may like to order from your bookshop, or from Amazon, or Inpress, or direct from the publishers. Amazon’s prices of new and used books may vary.

The leading publisher in this field is Arc Publications. I always stock an assortment of Arc books. They have too many titles to list here: please see the Arc website. The Inpress website has a big display. See also Anvil, Bloodaxe, Carcanet, Shearsman ..


  • Introduction to French Poetry, S Appelbaum, Dover
  • Victor Hugo, How to be a Grandfather, 2012, tr T Adès, Hearing Eye
  • Victor Hugo, Selected Poems & Prose, tr Blackmore, Oxford
  • Baudelaire, The Flowers of Evil, tr J McGowan, Oxford
  • Verlaine, Selected Poems, tr M Sorrell, Oxford
  • Rimbaud, Complete Poems, tr M Sorrell, Oxford
  • Mallarmé, Poems, tr Blackmore, Oxford
  • Valéry, Charms & other pieces, tr P Dale, Anvil
  • Corbière, These Jaundiced Loves, tr C Pilling
    (This Corbière is the most brilliant book on my list.
    The publisher is defunct. To buy it, please contact me.)
  • Supervielle, Homesick for the Earth, tr M Alvi, Bloodaxe
  • Carême, Defying Fate, tr C Pilling, Arc
  • Prévert, Selected Poems, tr S Lawson, Hearing Eye
  • Cassou, 33 Sonnets & other poems, tr T Adès, Arc
  • Cassou, The Madness of Amadis, tr T Adès, Agenda Editions
  • Rouzeau, Cold Spring in Winter, tr S Wicks, Arc
  • Arab/African Poets, The Parley–Tree, tr P Williamson, Arc


  • Introduction to Spanish Poetry, E Florit, Dover
  • Arcipreste de Hita, The Book of Love, tr E Macdonald, Everyman
  • Cantes Flamencos, tr M Smith, Shearsman
  • Vallejo, Spain Take this Chalice, tr M Peden, Penguin
  • Lorca, Selected Poems, tr M Sorrell, Oxford
  • Lorca, The Tamarit Poems, tr M Smith, Dedalus
  • Neruda, The Captain’s Verses, tr B Cole, Anvil
  • Neruda, Full Woman… tr S Mitchell, Harper
  • Neruda, Love Poems from Il Postino, tr S Tapscott, Harvill
  • Gelman, Poems of Sidney West, tr K Hedeen, Salt
  • Kofman, The Flights of Zarza, tr I Taylor, Arc
  • Crespo, A Woman called Rose, tr A Terry, Agenda Editions
  • Tolaretxipi, Still Life with Loops, tr P Jenkins, Arc


  • Mayakovsky, Pro Eto — That’s What, tr G Hyde, Arc
  • Tsvetaeva, Bride of Ice, tr E Feinstein, Carcanet
  • O Mandelstam, Moscow & Voronezh, tr McKane, Bloodaxe
  • Shcherbina, Life Without, tr S Dugdale, Bloodaxe
  • Shvarts, Birdsong on the Seabed, tr S Dugdale, Bloodaxe


  • Introduction to Italian Poetry, Rebay, Dover
  • Italian Landscape Poems, tr A Elliot, Bloodaxe
  • Foscolo, Sepulchres, tr J Nichols, Oneworld
  • Belli, Sonnets, tr M Stocks, Oneworld
  • Quasimodo, The Night Fountain, tr M Sonzogni, Arc


  • Hoffmann, Struwwelpeter in English, Dover
  • Introduction to German Poetry, G Mathieu, Dover
  • Brecht, Selected Poems, tr H Hays, HMH
  • Rilke, Pure Contradiction, tr I Crockatt, Arc
  • Rilke, Sonnets of Orpheus, tr M Crucefix, Enitharmon
  • Lange, The Fishermen Sleep, tr J Williams, Arc


  • Cavafy, Collected Poems, tr E Sachperoglou, Oxford
  • Gatsos, Amorgos, tr P Levi, Anvil
  • Kondos, Absurd Athlete, tr D Connolly, Arc


  • Campert, I Dreamed in the Cities… tr D Gardner, Arc
  • Duinker, The Sublime Song… tr W Groenewegen, Arc

East European

For children: Sheep Don’t Go to School: Bloodaxe


  • Norwid, Poems, tr D Borchardt, Archipelago
  • Szymborska, Here, tr C Cavanagh, HMH
  • Rozewicz, Recycling, tr Howard & Plebanek, Arc


Tranströmer, Half–Finished Heaven, tr R Bly, Graywolf


  • Du Fu, Spring in the Ruined City, tr J Waley, Shearsman
  • Tu Fu & Li Po, Poems, tr A Cooper, Penguin
  • Bei Dao, Unlock, tr E Weinberger, Anvil


  • Ten Modern Arab Poets, tr D O’Grady, Dedalus
  • Barghouti, Midnight & other poems, tr R Ashur, Arc
  • Darwish, Adonis, al–Qasim, Victims of a Map, Saqi


Penguin Book of Hebrew Verse, tr T. Carmi


Matur, How Abraham Abandoned Me, tr R Christie, Arc


Rumi, Words of Paradise, tr R Abdulla, Frances Lincoln


Catullus, tr Guy Lee, Oxford

Additional List

These books are also recommended. For various reasons, they are not on my bookstall. Many are slightly too expensive.

  • Hugo, The Distance, the Shadows, tr H Guest, Anvil
  • Rimbaud, The Poems, tr O Bernard, 2012, Anvil
  • Corbière, Wry–Blue Loves, tr P Dale, Anvil
  • Verlaine, Men/Women, tr A Elliot, Bloodaxe
  • Halevi, Poems from the Divan, tr G Levin, Anvil
  • Vallejo, various volumes, tr Gianuzzi & Smith, Shearsman
  • Lorca, Gypsy Ballads, tr J Duran, Enitharmon
  • Lorca, The Tamarit Poems, tr M Smith, Shearsman
  • Borges, Selected Poems, many translators, Penguin USA
  • Rilke, The Book of Hours, tr McNeill & McCarthy, Agenda Editions
  • Rilke, Duino Elegies, tr M Crucefix, Enitharmon
  • Goethe, Selected Poems, tr D Luke, Libris
  • Brecht, War Primer, tr J Willett, Libris
  • Khodasevich, Poems, tr P Daniels, Angel Classics
  • Catullus, Poems of Love & Hate, tr J Balmer, Bloodaxe
  • Springing from Catullus, tr C Pilling, Flambard
  • Horace, Odes, tr C Sydenham, Duckworth
  • Martial, Epigrams, tr J Michie, Hart–Davis
  • Iqbal, Poems, tr V Kiernan, Oxford
  • Tagore, Song Offerings, tr J Winter, Anvil

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