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The Pomegranates of Kandahar


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A Poetry Book Society Choice and a brave, intelligent collection from the highly praised Sarah Maguire

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Born in 1957, Sarah Maguire has published three previous collections of poetry, Spilt Milk, The Invisible Mender and The Florist's at Midnight, as well as the anthology Flora Poetica- the Chatto Book of Botanical Verse. She is the founder and director of the Poetry Translation Centre at SOAS, and was co-translator with Yama Yari of Afghan writer Atiq Rahimi's A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear (Chatto, 2006). Sarah Maguire has lived all her life in west London.


She offers precise glimpses of the English countryside, with cool observations of war-torn landscapes and political unrest * Independent, Christmas books special *
An original and exciting voice -- John Burnside * Scotsman *
There is so much to love in the wonderful poetry of Sarah Maguire -- Carol Shields
Her poems are both voluptuous and concise, maintaining a perfect balance between scientifically exact observation and a world of marvels -- Peter Parker * Daily Telegraph *
[Maguire] writes dark, erotic, complex and lyrical poems which are so richly layered you can almost taste them -- Maura Dooley, editor of Making for Planet Alice: New Women Poets

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