Anna Crowe

Anna Crowe is a poet and translator of Catalan and Mexican poetry, as well as co-founder, former Artistic Director, and Honorary President of StAnza. Her Mariscat collection, Figure in a Landscape, won the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award and was a Poetry Book Society Choice. Her latest book of translations, Peatlands (Arc, 2014), features the work of the Mexican poet Pedro Serrano. In 2005 the Society of Authors awarded her a Travelling Scholarship. Her poetry has been translated into Catalan, Spanish, Italian and German.

Photo: Jemimah Kuhfeld


Five O’Clock Verses »

Reading: Joan Margarit, A.B. Jackson

Thu 2 March | 17:00 - 18:00 | £6.00/£4.00 | Parliament Hall, South Street


taking root

for Natasha Kanapé Fontaine

          Now that the snows have gone
                   and the beech unpleats
          her tender green

          in the woods of Druim na Drochaid
I will go barefoot
                   among the juicy stalks
shod in the brog na cubhaig
                   the blue shoes the cuckoo wears

          a shade the flower
                   barely assumes,
letting it float like blue smoke

          a drift of light I wade through
under trees
          that spread their hands like a blessing

          In the woods of Druim na Drochaid
among the twigs and leaf-mould
          my wandering feet
                             will finally
                                      take root.

Anna Crowe