Montserrat Abelló i Soler is a poet and translator. Her books include a collected edition of her poetry, Al cor de les Paraules – Obra poètica l963–2002, and Cares a la Finestra – 20 dones poetes de parla anglesa del segle 20, translations of twenty women poets writing in English in the twentieth-century, including Sylvia Plath. She has received several awards for her work, including one for her translations of Plath and, in 2008, the Premi d’Honor de les Lletres Catalanes. Her collection, Fifty Love Poems, is being published at the same time as The Body’ Reason.
The Body’ Reason is the first book by Catalan poet Mari-Mercè Marçal to be translated into English. She is a key figure in Catalan poetry of the post-Franco era, who was actively engaged in the transition to democracy and the emergence of a feminist movement in Spain. Hers is a uniquely challenging voice expressing a distinctive Catalan gendered perspective.
Fifty Love Poems is a collection of fifty poems about love in its various guises, ranging from erotic love and tenderness for missing loved ones to the passion for life and writing.