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Pilgrim Tongues (Wrecking Ball, 2015)
Cliff's most recent collection Pilgrim Tongues (Wrecking Ball Press, 2015) travels from Hull to Vietnam and back, by way of Israel, Transylvania, California and Cambodia. Pilgrim Tongues includes and continues the voyages Cliff embarked on with Wake which, with Selima Hills’s Advice on Wearing Animal Prints, was joint-winner of the Flarestack Pamphlet Prize 2009
Vandemonian (Arc, 2013)
Vandemonian (Arc, 2013) focuses on Van Diemen's Land and its inhabitants - human and animal, newcomer and Aborigine - to piece together a fragmentary history of Tasmania.
Trans (The Collective Press, Wales 2005)
Trans (The Collective Press, Wales, 2005) culminates in a rewriting of the Metamorphoses - Ovid meets a gross-out freak circus to chat about everything from bodily modification to virtual survival: Lord Rochester's monkey; Enigma's horns; the Reincarnation of Saint Orlan; Kevin Cyborg; sex changes and do-it-yourself surgery. It's myth. It's life, but not as we know it, Jim.
Poems from earlier collections:
The Dade Country Book of the Dead(1995)
Translations: versions and perversions
Translation and adaptations of, or variations and perversions on, poems by Apollinaire, Rilke and Sextus Propertius. There are more translations (from Lorca, Octavio Paz and others on my blog).