"At the Edge of Night", a selection from four recent collections by Anise Koltz, brings the work of Luxembourg's best-known poet to the attention of the English-speaking literary world for the first time. Written in Koltz's prolific seventh decade, these brief poems - with their short, unpunctuated lines, clearly separated stanzas and powerful, direct language - are both personal and universal. This is not a gentle book. These poems pulse with anger, anger directed at the poet herself and her personal circumstances, and also at life, the world and God. Koltz originally wrote in German but switched to French which her translator, Anne-Marie Glasheen, believes gives her work some of its artistic power: This is poetry unlike any I have come across before. It feels utterly European - it speaks to the reader directly, jumping cultural barriers. It is poetry which is knife-sharp, clear and dazzling.
(Author) ANISE KOLTZ was born in Luxembourg in 1928. She is first and foremost a poet, but is also a translator and photographer. She has written poetry in German and French, and also children's books in Luxembourgish. In 1963 she founded and directed the Journees litteraires de Mondorf (Mondorf Literary Days), which brought together writers from all over the world, with the aim of establishing and maintaining links between the Luxembourg and the international literary scene. She continued in this role until 1974. In 1995, the Mondorf Literary Days were revived and it was decided that all genres would be represented, thereby providing a wide range of authors with a platform for their works. Koltz is a member of the Academie Mallarme (Paris), Pen-Club Belgium and the Institut Grand-Ducal des Arts et des Lettres (Luxembourg). She is one of the founding members and vice-president of The European Academy of Poetry. Over the years she has collaborated with, and translated, poets, writers and artists to create bibliophilic editions, has had a variety of works dedicated to her and has had poems set to music. Translations of her poetry have appeared in Belgium, Colombia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Macedonia, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Sweden; she has received many prizes and awards for her poetry. (Translator) ANNE-MARIE GLASHEEN, poet, photographer and translator, with an English mother and Belgian father, spent her early childhood in Belgium. A past Chair of the Translators Association, Glasheen has translated fiction, non-fiction, plays, poetry and art history books. Her translated plays have been performed at the Edinburgh and Brighton festivals, in London, the USA and Northern Ireland. In 1998, she was the recipient of the Belgian francophone prize for translation. She co-ordin-ates cultural exchange programmes and festivals, runs literary projects, gives public readings, lectures and broadcasts, runs workshops and writes articles. Her poetry has been published in poetry journals in Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, the UK and USA and her first collection appeared with Bradshaw Books in 2008. As a photographer her work has been widely exhibited in and around London. Her first major show outside the UK was in Cork, Ireland, in October 2008. (Introducer) CAOLINE PRICE was born in 1956 in Middlesex. She studied Music at York University and violin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and has worked as a violinist and teacher in Glasgow, London and Kent, where she now lives. She has published three collections of poetry, the latest of which, Wishbone, appeared with Shoestring Press in 2008. Her poems have won many awards and been published in a wide range of magazines and anthologies over the past twenty years. She has written reviews, has undertaken commissions for Kent and Medway Councils, and has co-edited Four Caves of the Heart, (Headland, 2004), an anthology of women's poetry. In 1997 she was one of ten women poets from Kent, Ireland, France, Francophone Belgium and Flanders who participated in the Muze tour, discussing and reading their work in Kent and Northern Europe. She is a founder member of the N7 poetry workshop in north London, and an active supporter of the Kent & Sussex Poetry Society.