Moonstone Silhouettes

moonstone silhouettes - r j dent

This is my latest poetry collection, entitled Moonstone Silhouettes.

In this collection, which I edited in Paris, I’ve focussed mostly on the ethereal and the mystical, although there are a few elegies for lost friends, and one or two poems in praise of major writers who have influenced me.

The landscapes that I describe range from the exotic (Ancient Greece and modern France) to the bizarre to the out-and-out surreal. The characters that I describe are often strange and other-worldly.


I’ve also included a few of my translations of poems I love: poems by Arthur Rimbaud, Charles Baudelaire, Ibycus and Sappho. There are also elegies for four great writers who are no longer with us: Jean Genet, Anna Kavan, Charles Baudelaire, and Tarjei Vesaas. Further information regarding my book-length translations of Charles Baudelaire, Alcaeus and Tarjei Vesaas is available on my website:

I’ve tried to create a poetry collection in which each poem is a door that opens into another world – hopefully a beautiful world that you can enter through the poem and which you can stay in for a while and enjoy – a world where warmth, beauty, joy, laughter, pleasure, happiness and eroticism co-exist peacefully and harmoniously.

Here’s a link to five of the poems in the collection, just to give you an idea of their style and tone:

Moonstone Silhouettes is available from my website and can be ordered by emailing my office (subject moonstone silhouettes) at

or you can buy it direct from the publisher, Inclement Publishing at:


Moonstone Silhouettes

Poems by R J Dent

© R J Dent (2009)