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As this gloriously diverse, revelatory selection of translations from the Poetry Translation Centre's first decade proves, nothing has invigorated poetry in English more than translation. Here you will find 111 brilliant poems translated from 27 different languages (ranging from Arabic to Zapotec: all the original scripts are included) by 45 of the world's leading poets. Arranged on a journey from exile to ecstasy, these powerful poems have been co-translated by some of the UK's best-loved poets including Jo Shapcott, Sean O'Brien, Lavinia Greenlaw, W.N. Herbert, Mimi Khalvati and Nick Laird. Founded by Sarah Maguire, the Poetry Translation Centre aims to transform English verse through engaging with the rich poetic traditions of the UK's recent immigrant communities for whom poetry is of overwhelming importance. Reading these Somali, Afghan, Sudanese and Kurdish poets (26 countries are represented), you will understand why their scintillating and heartbreaking poems inspire such devotion.