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By Carol Muske-Dukes. 1975
"Lies, wishes, fantasies--all the weaponry of compassionate imagination at war with society--deploy with delicious satire in [Muske-Dukes's] first book." --Library… JournalA poet, novelist, critic, and essayist, Carol Muske-Dukes has established herself as one of the preeminent talents of modern American writing. Birth, loss, imprisonment, and renewal are among the subjects of Camouflage, her first published book of poems. These twenty-eight poems are a young writer's stream of consciousness set in formal verse. In "Photographer," Muske-Dukes slides between light and dark. "Salad Days: Nebraska, 1964," relives a plane ride over the state's rolling plains. And the tongue-in-cheek yet respectful "Swansong" evokes a childhood ballet class, taught by a faded prima ballerina. Each poem is a skin, a mask, a camouflage meant for survival--a place of regeneration and change.
By Robin Morgan. 1982
This fourth book of poems from award-winning author Robin Morgan has an almost-novelistic shape, with plot twists that are realizations… of self, other, and the nature of change In this book of transitions, Robin Morgan's poetry crosses the boundaries of age, race, culture, and gender. The lifelong love-hate passion between mother and daughter is here, as is a vivid, rhetoric-free depiction of the suffering and rage of women cross-culturally. Morgan also traces the slow dissolution of a marriage, parsed in poems of alternating hope and despair, humor and fury--and also in a tragicomic, two-character, one-act verse play, "The Duel: A Masque." The play, which inverts the Orpheus-Eurydice myth, was performed at the Public Theater in New York City. Praised by the literary world for her technique, but dedicated to keeping her craft accessible and impassioned, Morgan takes us through inevitable deaths and resurrections of the self in pitch-perfect language shot through with dazzling imagery and irony.
By Hilda Doolittle. 2020
Un poema maravillosamente fluido. Un camino sin baches hacia lo sublime. «H.D. es sinónimo de deseo, de imaginación y de… clarividencia. Tal vez una de las poetas más increíbles -aunque incomprendida y secreta- de la primera mitad del siglo xx. [...] En Trilogía podemos ver parte de toda su magia en expansión.»Luna Miguel Los tres largos poemas que conforman Trilogía constituyen una de las obras maestras de la poesía del siglo XX, comparable a los Cuatro cuartetos de T.S. Eliot, a Brigflatts de Basil Bunting o a Notas hacia una ficción suprema de Wallace Stevens. Escrita bajo el impacto de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, H.D. indaga a lo largo de esta obra en el amor, la muerte o la posibilidad de redención, llevando su propia poesía -despojada ahora de las tiranías del imaginismo que había ayudado a fundar- a terrenos nunca antes explorados, configurando así uno de los experimentos literarios más arriesgados y fructíferos de nuestro tiempo. Reseñas:«Madura de edad y genio, H. D. ha crecido, años hace que el imaginismo se le quedó pequeño, pero sus versos son aún rápidos como saetas. De su oracular Trilogía se desprende el enésimo sentido, el exclusivo de nuestra especie y, probablemente, el único fiable: el sentido poético. Señores físicos, teóricos ustedes, la búsqueda ha terminado: he aquí la ley que gobierna todos los universos. Poesía del fiat lux para nuestras almas oscuras.»Ainhoa Sáenz de Zaitegui, El Cultural «En Trilogía, H.D. se enfrentó a los temas de la guerra, la locura nacionalista, la destrucción de las grandes ciudades; no como un lamento por el desmoronamiento de la civilización occidental, sino volviendo la mirada atrás para buscar inspiración en la prehistoria, en una tradición ginocéntrica. H.D. insistió en que la poeta-como-mujer tenía que dejar de derramar sus energías sobre un terreno que los tiranos y los adoradores de la muerte habían dejado estéril. [...] A partir de su visión, H.D. procedió a crear sus grandes y largos poemas tardíos en los que celebra el mundo matriarcal y la búsqueda de heroínas.»Adrienne Rich «La obra cumbre de la ecléctica poeta estadounidense.»Zenda «En la tradición de los poemas de Yeats, Eliot y Pound, las secuencias de versos de H. D. son ficciones supremas de lo más visionarias.»Sandra M. Gilbert, The New York Times Book Review «Este éxtasis, éxtasis en el lenguaje, en un lenguaje bello, es lo que me lleva a través de toda la Trilogía, no solo satisfecho con su trampa, no solo satisfecho con estas ficciones arbitrarias, sino hechizado con la totalidad de su poema, por no decir embelesado.»Hayden Carruth, The Hudson Review «Recordad: H. D. era más sacerdotisa que otra cosa: más sacerdotisa que amante, más sacerdotisa que pensadora, más sacerdotisa que mujer, que estadounidense o (a decir verdad) artista. La Trilogía es tan buena en parte porque directamente convirtió su vocación de sacerdotisa en el tema principal.»Anthony Madrid, The Paris Review
By Paul Monette. 1975
National Book Award winner Paul Monette's acclaimed first book of poetryOriginally published in 1975, The Carpenter at the Asylum was… Monette's first literary success. In this collection of poems, he writes with playfulness and candor of everything from fairy tales to the change of seasons. "All things glitter like fresh milk," he writes in one poem. And indeed, these works pull a sparklingly strange beauty from everyday objects and experiences.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Paul Monette including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the Paul Monette papers of the UCLA Library Special Collections.
By Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer. 1868
Rimas y leyendas de Bécquer para primeros lectores en una preciosa antología ilustrada. Una antología ilustrada que recopila las mejores… rimas y leyendas de Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer. La obra de este poeta romántico sevillano ha dejado una huella imborrable en nuestra literatura. En este libro, los niños descubrirán una selección de las mejores rimas y leyendas del autor, perfecta para adentrarse por primera vez en su obra. Amor, poesía y magia se combinan magistralmente entre sus páginas. Ilustrado deliciosamente, este libro convierte la pluma de Bécquer en el regalo perfecto para los más pequeños.
By Lise Downe. 2020
Propositions and Prayers, Lise Downe's first book of poetry in nine years, is a collection in two parts: "Propositions" is… a series of short poems-as-possibilities, structured by the compression of images and voices to convey an urgency through degrees of incoherence; "Prayers" explores living and language as acts of devotion.These poems blur the boundaries between inner and outer experiences of the self, often subverting expectations and habit in their deconstruction of structure and style. It beautifully portrays humanity's myriad complexities: our various moods and observations, the unpredictable trajectories of our lives—uncertainty, wonder, and surprise, all.
By Peter Gizzi. 2020
The poems in this brilliant follow-up to the National Book Award finalist Archeophonics, are concerned with grieving, with poetry and… death, with beauty and sadness, with light. As Ben Lerner has written, "Gizzi's poetry is an example of how a poet's total tonal attention can disclose new orders of sensation and meaning. His beautiful lines are full of deft archival allusion." With litany, elegy, and prose, Gizzi continues his pursuit toward a lyric of reality. Saturated with luminous detail, these original poems possess, even in their sorrowing moments, a dizzying freedom.
By Dennis M. Kratz. 1984
Published in 1984: The Waltharius and Ruodlieb are considered by many scholars to be among the finest works of medieval… Latin literature. Both the Waltharius, composed by an anonymous eleventh-century poet from Southern Germany, are heroic narratives that provide examples of the creative transformation of the Latin epic tradition into a vehicle for expression of Christian values.
By Katherine E. Young. 2021
From the naïve girl who willfully ignores evidence of Bluebeard's crimes, to Manet's dispirited barmaid at the Folies-Bergère, to the… narrator of the book's opening sequence, who sacrifices domestic security for a passionate lover who will eventually abuse her, the women of these poems brush abandon convention at their peril, even though convention also imperils their bodies, their spirits, and their art. In this second collection, Young—whose earlier Day of the Border Guards explored Russian history and literature—continues to employ what she's learned from the great Russian writers she often translates. Like Marina Tsvetaeva, who makes a cameo appearance here, Young finds literary touchstones among sources as varied as German folk tales, Greek drama, and the Old Testament. Whether tracing the elements of Euclidean geometry or the terrain of a Civil War battlefield in Tennessee, these poems ask the hard questions: Why does love fail? How can art come from pain? What heals the soul?
By Siobhan Phillips. 2010
Wallace Stevens once described the "malady of the quotidian," lamenting the dull weight of everyday regimen. Yet he would later… hail "that which is always beginning, over and over"-recognizing, if not celebrating, the possibility of fresh invention. Focusing on the poems of Wallace Stevens, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, and James Merrill, Siobhan Phillips positions everyday time as a vital category in modernist aesthetics, American literature, and poetic theory. She eloquently reveals how, through particular but related means, each of these poets converts the necessity of quotidian experience into an aesthetic and experiential opportunity. In Stevens, Phillips analyzes the implications of cyclic dualism. In Frost, she explains the theoretical depth of a habitual "middle way." In Bishop's work, she identifies the attempt to turn recurrent mornings into a "ceremony" rather than a sentence, and in Merrill, she shows how cosmic theories rely on daily habits. Phillips ultimately demonstrates that a poetics of everyday time contributes not only to a richer understanding of these four writers but also to descriptions of their era, estimations of their genre, and ongoing reconfigurations of the issues that literature reflects and illuminates.
The early Chinese text Master Zhuang (Zhuangzi) is well known for its relativistic philosophy and colorful anecdotes. In the work,… Zhuang Zhou ca. 300 B.C.E.) dreams that he is a butterfly and wonders, upon awaking, if he in fact dreamed that he was a butterfly or if the butterfly is now dreaming that it is Zhuang Zhou. The text also recounts Master Zhuang's encounter with a skull, which praises the pleasures of death over the toil of living. This anecdote became popular with Chinese poets of the second and third century C.E. and found renewed significance with the founders of Quanzhen Daoism in the twelfth century.The Quanzhen masters transformed the skull into a skeleton and treated the object as a metonym for death and a symbol of the refusal of enlightenment. Later preachers made further revisions, adding Master Zhuang's resurrection of the skeleton, a series of accusations made by the skeleton against the philosopher, and the enlightenment of the magistrate who judges their case. The legend of the skeleton was widely popular throughout the Ming dynasty (1368–1644), and the fiction writer Lu Xun (1881–1936) reimagined it in the modern era. The first book in English to trace the development of the legend and its relationship to centuries of change in Chinese philosophy and culture, The Resurrected Skeleton translates and contextualizes the story's major adaptations and draws parallels with the Muslim legend of Jesus's encounter with a skull and the European tradition of the Dance of Death. Translated works include versions of the legend in the form of popular ballads and plays, together with Lu Xun's short story of the 1930s, underlining the continuity between traditional and modern Chinese culture.
By Elizabeth Hardwick, Robert Lowell. 2019
The correspondence between one of the most famous couples of twentieth-century literatureThe Dolphin Letters offers an unprecedented portrait of Robert… Lowell and Elizabeth Hardwick during the last seven years of Lowell’s life (1970 to 1977), a time of personal crisis and creative innovation for both writers. Centered on the letters they exchanged with each other and with other members of their circle—writers, intellectuals, friends, and publishers, including Elizabeth Bishop, Caroline Blackwood, Mary McCarthy, and Adrienne Rich—the book has the narrative sweep of a novel, telling the story of the dramatic breakup of their twenty-one-year marriage and their extraordinary, but late, reconciliation.Lowell’s controversial sonnet-sequence The Dolphin (for which he used Hardwick’s letters as a source) and his last book, Day by Day, were written during this period, as were Hardwick’s influential books Seduction and Betrayal: Essays on Women in Literature and Sleepless Nights: A Novel. Lowell and Hardwick are acutely intelligent observers of marriages, children, and friends, and of the feelings that their personal crises gave rise to.The Dolphin Letters, masterfully edited by Saskia Hamilton, is a debate about the limits of art—what occasions a work of art, what moral and artistic license artists have to make use of their lives as material, what formal innovations such debates give rise to. The crisis of Lowell’s The Dolphin was profoundly affecting to everyone surrounding him, and Bishop’s warning to Lowell—“art just isn’t worth that much”—haunts.
By Frederick Seidel. 2006
An overview of Frederick Seidel's best and most famous poetry from the past five decades, showing the evolution of a… master poet’s craftFrederick Seidel has been hailed as "the poet of a new contemporary form" (Dan Chiasson, The New York Review of Books) and "the most frightening American poet ever" (Calvin Bedient, Boston Review). The poems in Frederick Seidel Selected Poems span more than five decades and provide readers with some of Seidel's post powerful work.Frederick Seidel is, in the words of the critic Adam Kirsch, "the best American poet writing today."
By Valzhyna Mort. 2020
In her book of letters to the dead, the prize-winning poet Valzhyna Mort relearns how to mourn those erased by… violent history. With shocking, unforgettable lyric force, Valzhyna Mort’s Music for the Dead and Resurrected confrontsthe legacy of violent death in one family in Belarus. In these letters to the dead, the poet asks: How do we mourn after a century of propaganda? Can private stories challenge the collective power of Soviet and American historical mythology?Mort traces a route of devastation from the Chernobyl fallout and a school system controlled by ideology to the Soviet labor camps and the massacres of World War II. While musical form serves as a safe house for the poet’s voice, old trees speak to her as the only remaining witnesses, hosts to both radiation and memory.Valzhyna Mort, born in Belarus and now living in the United States, conjures a searing, hallucinogenic ritual of rhythmic remembrance in a world where appeals to virtue and justice have irrevocably failed.
By August Kleinzahler. 2020
August Kleinzahler has earned admiration for his musical, precise, wise, and sometimes madcap poems that are grounded in the wide… array of places, people, and most especially voices he has encountered in his real and imaginative worlds. Snow Approaching on the Hudson is a collection that moves seamlessly through the often hypnogogic, porous realms of dreams, the past and present, inner and outer landscapes. His haunting, shifting atmospheres are peopled by characters, intimately portrayed, that are at one historical and invented.The poet's signature rhythmic propulsion serves as the engine for his newest collection, and his always masterful free verse conveys a life thoroughly lived and brilliantly perceived.
By Stephanie Burt. 2002
Randall Jarrell (1914–1965) was the most influential poetry critic of his generation. He was also a lyric poet, comic novelist,… translator, children's book author, and close friend of Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, Hannah Arendt, and many other important writers of his time. Jarrell won the 1960 National Book Award for poetry and served as poetry consultant to the Library of Congress. Amid the resurgence of interest in Randall Jarrell, Stephen Burt offers this brilliant analysis of the poet and essayist.Burt's book examines all of Jarrell's work, incorporating new research based on previously undiscovered essays and poems. Other books have examined Jarrell's poetry in biographical or formal terms, but none have considered both his aesthetic choices and their social contexts. Beginning with an overview of Jarrell's life and loves, Burt argues that Jarrell's poetry responded to the political questions of the 1930s, the anxieties and social constraints of wartime America, and the apparent prosperity, domestic ideals, and professional ideology that characterized the 1950s. Jarrell's work is peopled by helpless soldiers, anxious suburban children, trapped housewives, and lonely consumers. Randall Jarrell and His Age situates the poet-critic among his peers—including Bishop, Lowell, and Arendt—in literature and cultural criticism. Burt considers the ways in which Jarrell's efforts and achievements encompassed the concerns of his time, from teen culture to World War II to the Cuban Missile Crisis; the book asks, too, how those efforts might speak to us now.
By Charles Bukowski. 2007
The Days Run Away like Wild Horses is a book of poems written by Charles Bukowski for Jane, his first… love. These poems explore a more emotional side to the author.
By Charles Bukowski. 1981
There is not a wasted word in Dangling in the Tournefortia, a selection of poems full of wit, struggles, perception,… and simplicity. Charles Bukowski writes of women, gambling and booze while his words remain honest and pure.
By Charles Bukowski. 2004
The second of five new books of unpublished poems from the late, great, Charles Bukowski, America's most imitated and influential… poet -- 143 never-before-seen works of gritty, amusing, and inspiring verse.
By John Kenney. 2020
In the spirit of his Love Poems collections, as well as his wildly popular New Yorker pieces, New York Times… bestseller and Thurber Prize-winner John Kenney returns with a hilarious new collection of poetry--for office life.With the same brilliant wit and biting realism that made Love Poems for Married People, Love Poems for People with Children, and Love Poems for Anxious People such hits, John Kenney is back with a brand new collection that tackles the hilarity of life in the office. From waiting in line for the printer and revising spreadsheet after spreadsheet, to lukewarm coffee, office politics, and the daily patterns of your most annoying--and lovable--coworkers, Kenney masterfully captures the warmth and humor of working the "9 to 5" in today's modern era.