The latest book from Peter Hughes is now available from Carcanet Press website.

The thirteenth-century Tuscan poet Guido Cavalcanti helped to create a new poetry that belonged to the city rather than the court, and through his use of Tuscan vernacular gave an extraordinary intensity and craft to his explorations of the social and psychological dimensions of love. Peter Hughes has taken Cavalcanti’s groundbreaking poems and used them as springboards for his own creative versions. Following in the footsteps of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who translated Cavalcanti for the nineteenth century, and Ezra Pound, who translated him for the twentieth, Peter Hughes invites us to consider Cavalcanti’s lustrous Tuscan songs afresh.

There will be a launch reading on Thursday May 25th, 7.30 p.m., at the Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio in the English Faculty, West Road, Cambridge.
Kat Peddie will also be reading.


This coruscating and athletic détournement of the Italian is an audacious and seductive display that leaves us wanting more.’
John James

‘€˜enough vim and versatility to launch a thousand poems, let alone fifty-two. Purists will object vigorously to this version; impurists will object vigorously to any other.’€™
Rod Mengham

 ‘What an erotic and libidinous bonanza … These are the songs my ears are still ringing to, tinnitus the price of love.’
Simon Smith

‘Peter Hughes’s vulgar eloquence fuses earthy, contemporary imagery with Cavalcanti’s “elevated” elusive themes, converting his verses to an utterly original contemporary language … and affording exquisite, tactile pleasure.’
Lou Rowan