Sensual, profound, delighted, wise, Hafez's poems have enchanted their readers for more than 600 years. One of the greatest figures of world literature, he remains today the most popular poet in modern Iran.
Simon Armitage's eleventh collection of poems heralds a return to his trademark contemporary lyricism with pieces set against a backdrop of economic recession and social division, where the solitary imagination drifts and conjures.
A powerful and ambiguous body of water lies at the heart of these poems, with shoals and channels that change with the forty-foot tide. Even the name is fluid - from one shore, the Bristol Channel, from the other Mor Hafren, the Severn Sea.