This bilingual anthology includes the most representative or best-known works of 84 poets, both famous and not so famous. Although it covers 13 countries, the usual heavy hitters-Argentina, Chile, Cuba, and Mexico-dominate. Unique to this collection is the inclusion of a handful of poems in indigenous languages and even one in Spanglish.From Library Journal.
The award-winning author of The Yellow Birdsreturns with an extraordinary debut poetry collection. National Book Award finalist, Iraq war veteran, novelist and poet Kevin Powers creates a deeply affecting portrait of a life shaped by war. Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting captures the many moments that comprise a soldier's life: driving down the Texas highway; waiting for the unknown in the dry Iraq heat; writing a love letter; listening to a mother recount her dreams. Written with evocative language and discernment, Powers's poetry strives to make sense of the war and its echoes through human experience. Just as The Yellow Birds was hailed as the "first literary masterpiece produced by the Iraq war," this collection will make its mark as a powerful, enduring work (Los Angeles Times).
A collection spanning the whole of Derek Walcott's celebrated, inimitable, essential career "He gives us more than himself or 'a world'; he gives us a sense of infinity embodied in the language." Alongside Joseph Brodsky's words of praise one might mention the more concrete honors that the renowned poet Derek Walcott has received: a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship; the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry; the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948 - 2013 draws from every stage of the poet's storied career. From the publisher
Wolosky's guide is designed to introduce readers to poetry, the art form she calls "verbal music." In 14 chapters, she defines the small units of poetic form word, line, and image before moving into larger definitions of verse form and voice. The book includes a two-chapter discussion of the sonnet's form and history, as well as a discussion of gender as an element of analysis. Library Journal
"...this book suggests that poetry is a a way of knowing, of honoring our solitudes and recognizing our interdependencies. It is a way of being simultaneously alone and together through art." -Taken from the Acknowledments.
When poets write books about how to read poetry, they are drawing on personal reading experiences so profound they inspired them to write as well as read poems. These writers also have a vested interest in the subject: they want, no, need people to read poetry. Kohl, on the other hand, addresses the art of reading poetry strictly from a reader's point of view. A renowned educator and prolific author, Kohl brings all his enthusiasm for learning and teaching to his welcoming primer on the pleasures of contemporary poetry. His intention is to help his readers give themselves over to poetry, to let poems speak to them directly. From Booklist.