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Robert Bly's new collection of poetry is made of forty-eight poems written in the intricate form called the ghazal, which is the central poetic form in Islam. The influence of Hafez and Rumi is clear, and yet the poems descend into the wealth of Western history, referring at times to Monet, Giordano Bruno,Emerson, St. Francis, Newton, and Chekhov, as well as to events in Bly's own life. The leaping between joy and "ruin" produces a poetry which makes him, as Kenneth Rexroth noted, "one of the leaders in a poetic revival which has returned American literature to the world community."
In die bekroonde digter Ronelda Kamfer se vierde bundel,†Chinatown, bied sy opnuut poŽsie met ’n emosionele slaankrag wat die leser nie onaangeraak sal laat nie. Geslagspolitiek word ondersoek deur ’n vrouestem wat opklink teen die patriargie. Verwysings na ’n gebroke†verhouding tussen pa en dogter kom deurlopend voor. En kwessies wat deel vorm van die huidige sosio-politieke diskoers – vrouemishandeling, rassisme en armoede – kom aan die bod, maar word met ’n diep menslikheid hanteer.
Part one of The Comedy Project - an edition which will be six parts in all. Be introduced to Dante's world in this beautifully illustrated, modern re-imagining of his work. Dante called his chapters songs, and this book contains the first 17 songs of The Comedy Project, which make up the first half of the Inferno Inside You. Traditionally Dante's journey is considered to be a vision of the afterlife. The reason why people today still read his Comedy is that it is relevant to our real, present-life journeys. Written as both an extraordinary saga and art book, Inferno Inside You transports readers into some of the remarkable stories which were a vital part of Dante's imagination. The journey that begins with this book will show readers aspects of life that are hidden, and rarely touched upon by other writers. Meet leopards, three-headed dogs, and centaurs, a lion, a wolf and a monster. Uncover questions that were unique 700 years ago in the early Renaissance - and discover that they are even more relevant today. It is about people, and the greed and envy of our world - and about love.
In "Small Gods of Grief," Laure-Anne Bosselaar explores her childhood in post-war Belgium and her later struggles with grief, love and identity in contemporary America. Ms. Bosselaar mixes imaginative lyrics, narratives and dramatic monologues in this empathetic account of what it means to be human.
Laure-Anne Bosselaar, a native a Belgium, has lived throughout Europe and the United States. Fluent in four languages, she has worked for Belgian and Luxembourg radio and television stations. Ms. Bosselaar's first poetry collection was the critically-acclaimed "The Hour Between Dog and Wolf" (BOA). She is an editor of poetry anthologies and is translating American poetry into French. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
A Sacrificial Zinc impels the reader on a journey into the nature of place. Written out of a vanished suburban landscape, Matthew Cooperman's book -- part navigational trope, part metaphor of embodiment -- enacts the complex weave of identity as a series of places, lovers, influences, and natural objects. The landscape itself is beautifully particularized as the desert and mountain spaces of the American West, and the flora and fauna of the Pacific Rim. From "the blue Pacific exactly the color of cold" to "the magnolia leaves [of California] / in the first scuttle of fall", these lovely poems ground a journey in that "little better thing than earth".
T S. Eliot, Elizabeth Bishop, John Ashbery -- and Jorie Graham. The New Yorker places Ms. Graham in this distinguished line of poets, heralding the Pulitzer Prize winner as a profound voice in American poetry. Now, in her eighth collection, she further enhances her reputation with a book-length sequence of verse that is a stunning work of grandeur.
The New Republic writes, "for 'swarm,' in other words...read 'be born again.' Graham is writing about a spiritual turning point, a new beginning.... Beauty -- that is, the pure sense-perception which has long been a concern for Graham -- is no longer the most important criterion. Now goodness is...[and] the idea of submission, of obedience, without understanding: one must 'yield' before 'hearing the reason' for yielding."
Lebanese writer Venus Khoury-Ghata, who lives in France and has won many of France's major literary prizes, blends French surrealism with Arabic poetry's communal narrative mode in three stunning poetic sequences. Here brilliantly translated from the French by poet Marilyn Hacker, the English-speaking reader has rare insight into another world, another dimension.
La experiencia americana de Ercilla le inspiro su poema epico La Araucana, escrito en octavas reales y dividido en tres partes (1569, 1578 y 1589). Es uno de los libros salvados en el capitulo VI del Quijote y el primer texto poetico europeo en el que America es un tema literario. Ercilla relata las cruentas luchas sostenidas en Chile entre araucanos y espanoles, y describe el lugar y las costumbres de los indigenas. La narracion impresiona por la precisa descripcion de paisajes y batallas, y los certeros retratos de los jefes araucanos. Se intercalan digresiones, segun un procedimiento habitual en la lirica culta: relato de las batallas de Lepanto y San Quintin, descripcion de ciudades famosas, la leyenda de Dido o una justificacion politica de las pretensiones de Felipe II a la corona portuguesa. Aunque Ercilla afirma ser testigo de las escenas que cuenta, el relato historico muestra con frecuencia la influencia de las lecturas epicas del autor, con formacion literaria. La obra tiene varios protagonistas, Lautaro y Caupolican entre los indigenas araucanos, y Pedro de Valdivia, Garcia Hurtado de Mendoza, Pedro de Villagra o el propio Ercilla por el lado espanol. Sin embargo, se da mas relieve individual y heroico a los primeros, y se destacan sus virtudes por encima de sus adversarios.
En las afueras de Toledo, ante un Cristo enclavado en un madero, la bella Ines de Vargas hace jurar a Diego Martinez, que a su vuelta de Flandes, la desposara. Pero pasan tres anos y Diego no vuelve. Regresan varios hombres de Flandes, y entre ellos Ines cree avistar a Diego, que no la reconoce. Resulta que Diego ha sido hecho capitan por el rey, y los humos se le han subido a la cabeza, y porfia que en ningun momento prometio casarse.
Allen Ginsberg was the bard of the beat generation, and Howl, Kaddish and Other Poems is a collection of his finest work published in Penguin Modern Classics, including 'Howl', whose vindication at an obscenity trial was a watershed moment in twentieth-century history. 'I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked' Beat movement icon and visionary poet, Allen Ginsberg broke boundaries with his fearless, pyrotechnic verse. This new collection brings together the famous poems that made his name as a defining figure of the counterculture. They include the apocalyptic 'Howl', which became the subject of an obscenity trial when it was first published in 1956; the moving lament for his dead mother, 'Kaddish'; the searing indictment of his homeland, 'America'; and the confessional 'Mescaline'. Dark, ecstatic and rhapsodic, they show why Ginsberg was one of the most influential poets of the twentieth century. Allen Ginsberg (1926-97) was an American poet, best known for the poem 'Howl' (1956), celebrating his friends of the Beat Generation and attacking what he saw as the destructive forces of materialism and conformity in the United States at the time. He was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, was awarded the medal of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture, won the National Book Award for The Fall of America and was a co-founder of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute, the first accredited Buddhist college in the Western world. If you enjoyed Howl, Kaddish and Other Poems, you might like Jack Kerouac's On the Road, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'The poem that defined a generation' Guardian on 'Howl' 'He avoids nothing but experiences it to the hilt' William Carlos Williams
In "Civilian Histories," her fourth book of poetry, Lee Upton portrays contemporary culture as the many-eyed, monstrous argus, and explores the common gestures between people and among cultures that constitute "foreign relations." Formally ambitious, ranging from short, allusive lyrics to long, intricately patterned sequences, Upton's poems reflect on complicity in and vulnerability to violence. Her poems also explore moments of hard-won triumph for the vivid, provocative people who inhabit them.
Maybe our world will grow kinder eventually. Maybe the desire to make something beautiful is the piece of God that is inside each of us. In this stunning collection, Mary Oliver returns to the imagery that has defined her life's work. Herons, sparrows, owls and kingfishers flit across the page in meditations on love, artistry and impermanence. Whether considering a bird's nest, the seeming patience of oak trees or the paintings of Franz Marc, Mary Oliver reminds us of the transformative power of attention and how much can be contained within the smallest moments. Blue Horses asks what it truly means to belong to this world and to live in it attuned to all its changes. 'To be human,' she shows us, 'is to sing your own song'.
Friedrich Hoelderlin was one of Europe's greatest poets. The strange and beautiful language of his late poems is recreated by David Constantine in these remarkable verse translations. This is a new expanded edition of Constantine's widely-praised Hoelderlin Selected Poems (1990/1996), containing many new translations as well as the whole of Hoelderlin's Sophocles (2001), in which he sought to create an equivalent English for Hoelderlin's extraordinary German recreations of the classic Greek verse plays. Constantine won the European Poetry Translation Prize in 1997 for his translations of Hoelderlin. This new volume presents a substantial selection from the work of a poet who, writing around 1800, addresses us ever more urgently two centuries later. Hoelderlin translated all his writing life. Through translation he reached a poetic language of his own, so that much of his best poetry reads like a translation from elsewhere. He was intensely occupied with Sophocles in the winter of 1803-04. His versions of Oedipus Rex and Antigone (he worked at but never finished Oedipus at Colonus and Ajax) came out in the spring of 1804 and were taken, by the learned, as conclusive proof of his insanity. He was by then very near to mental collapse, but no one now would dismiss his work for that. He translated in a radical and idiosyncratic way, cleaving close to the Greek yet at the same time striving to interpret these ancient, foreign and - as he thought - sacred originals, and so bring them home into the modern day and age. Constantine has translated Hoelderlin's translations, carrying as much of their strangeness as possible into his English. The plays themselves need no introduction or apology. These double translations, links in literature from land to land and from age to age, demonstrate the vitality of ancient and modern poetic tradition. Carl Orff used Hoelderlin's texts for his operas Antigonae (1949) and Oedipus der Tyrann (1959), with the producers of recent DVDs of Orff's operas later choosing to use Constantine's texts for their English subtitles.
The poems in Sylvia Plath's Ariel, including many of her best-known such as 'Lady Lazarus', 'Daddy', 'Edge' and 'Paralytic', were all written between the publication in 1960 of Plath's first book, The Colossus, and her death in 1963. 'If the poems are despairing, vengeful and destructive, they are at the same time tender, open to things, and also unusually clever, sardonic, hardminded . . . They are works of great artistic purity and, despite all the nihilism, great generosity . . . the book is a major literary event.' A. Alvarez in the Observer
Laure-Anne Bosselaar's poetry captures the lives of "lost souls roaming" -- be they young girls in convents, merchants, whores, widows, soldiers. Old Europe still lives in Bosselaars's rich language: Entre chien et loup, as it's known in Flanders -- the time at dusk when a wolf can be mistaken for a dog.
Shortlisted for the 2016 T. S. Eliot Prize, this new collection of expert lyric poems from Whitbread Poetry Award winner Bernard O'Donoghue movingly animates the scenery and characters of his childhood in County Cork. The mythologies of family are here: the relative who maybe emigrated to America to be 'set upon at his arrival / for the few pounds sewn inside his coat'; the memory of 'Barty, a hopeless speller', caned so hard he dances; the big top come to the town park; the stolen apples raided from the orchard near the old school. Here too are the collective myths, the groundwater of older texts - Virgil's Aeneid, the Riddles of the Exeter Book, Dante's Purgatorio, the lives of the ancients and the gods - all of which in O'Donoghue's dexterous and discerning care reach forward from their long-ago origins to echo down our own lives. Many of these poems speak in elegy: for Connolly's Bookshop - closed down and mourned - or for lost friends; for the nostalgic places to which one cannot return, the field-corners and long roads of the deep past: 'So wistful is the recognition now / of the places that I hardly noted'. The stunning title piece, and the deft and poignant poems that make up this collection, will confirm O'Donoghue's place as one of the most approachable and agile voices in contemporary Irish and British poetry. 'I'm fascinated by O'Donoghue's wry vision, his infinitely gentle manner of displacing our more predictable reactions to things as they are so that we glimpse their underlying tragedy.' Tom Paulin
365 poems celebrating friendship, love and constancy. This wonderful collection of poems celebrates friendship every day of the year. There are poems on the joys of companionship, encouragement, consolation, humour and love, making this is a perfect gift for friends, family and partners. Poems featured include Emily Bronte's 'Love and Friendship' and Stevie Smith's 'Pleasures of friendship', as well as writings from Keats, Norman MacCaig, Waldo Emerson and Amy Lowell. Some of the most beautiful poems ever written are collected here to give us insight into the important things in life.
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