In his poetry collection The Refrain of Other People's Lives, Arnold Jansen op de Haar, shuttling between two countries, sets out in search of his history. Arnold moved from Arnhem in the Netherlands to London in 2014. His emigration brought everything into focus.

The Refrain of Other People's Lives has been translated from the Dutch by John Irons who was one of the joint winners of the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize in 2016.

Isn’t everyone the ‘refrain of other people’s lives’? This collection deals with the feeling that your own life is determined by other people.

I sleep lightly
in adjoining rooms
it will all sort itself out
let us begin at the beginning
how I have come to be here 

Listen to an excerpt from the poem 'on the other side of the water' read by the author on YouTube:

Arnold Jansen op de Haar is the author of two novels: Angel and The King of Tuzla and a poetry collection Yugoslav Requiem. He lives in the UK, speaks fluent English, and is available for readings.

The Refrain of Other People's Lives, ISBN 9781907320729, 80 pages, £8.99, is published by Holland Park Press and review copies are available.

 Poet Gary Beck’s new collection Virtual Living is a revealing glimpse of how our relationship with the world around us is an ever-evolving experience. Focusing on how humans relate to the world via artificial means, as well as self-imposed affected mechanisms. Beck looks at the concept of living virtually from all angles and tells his story with just enough abstractness to move readers to choose how to inhabit their own worlds. A peek into our world in ways most of us forget to see, these poems will shift any reader’s perspective of how they relate to others, technology and the world.
“Varied, inspiring and insightful - Nous Magazine
“We love your poems - Poetry Pacific
“Amazingly captivating and incredibly diverse - Kind of a Hurricane Press

Virtual Living is a 116 page poetry book. Available in paperback with a retail price of $7.99.
ISBN: 1945247134
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Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director, and as an art dealer when he couldn’t make a living in theater. He has 11 published chapbooks and 2 more accepted for publication. His poetry collections include: Days of Destruction (Skive Press), Expectations (Rogue Scholars Press). Dawn in Cities, Assault on Nature, Songs of a Clerk, Civilized Ways, Displays, Perceptions,  Fault Lines & Tremors (Winter Goose Publishing). Perturbations, Rude Awakenings and The Remission of Order will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. Conditioned Response (Nazar Look). Resonance (Dreaming Big Publications). Virtual Living (Thurston Howl Publications). His novels include: Extreme Change (Cogwheel Press), Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing), Call to Valor (Gnome on Pigs Productions) and Sudden Conflicts (Lillicat Publishers). State of Rage will be published by Rainy Day Reads Publishing. His short story collection, A Glimpse of Youth (Sweatshoppe Publications). Now I Accuse and other stories will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. His original plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles have been produced Off Broadway. His poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines. He currently lives in New York City.

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