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book image Songs of Kabir
Songs of Kabir
Kabir
Kabir
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"Listen carefully,/Neither the Vedas/Nor the Qur'an/Will teach you this..." So begins a poem by Kabir, the legendary mystic who drew on the varied traditions of mediaeval India to create some of the most lasting verses in world literature. Indian poet and literary critic Arvind Krishna Mehrotra here offers new translations and scholar Wendy Doniger places them in historical context.
Contributors: Wendy Doniger , Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

book image Pierre Reverdy
Pierre Reverdy
Pierre Reverdy
Reverdy
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As Frank O'Hara once wrote in a poem, 'My heart is in my pocket, it is Poems by Pierre Reverdy.' A Catholic who lived much of his life in quasi-monasticism after an intense relationship with Coco Chanel, Reverdy has remained one of the most singular poets of his generation, and was described by André Breton as "The greatest poet of the time." Here is a life-spanning selection of the French modernist's work by the most revered translators of the language.
Contributors: Mary Ann Caws

book image The New Life
New Life
Dante Alighieri
Dante
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The New Life is the masterpiece of Dante's youth, an account of his love for Beatrice, the girl who was to become his lifelong muse, and of her tragic early death.
Contributors: Michael Palmer , Dante Gabriel Rossetti

book image Nothing More to Lose
Najwan Darwish
Najwan Darwish
Darwish
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Hailed across the Arab world and beyond as a singular expression of the Palestinian struggle, Darwish’s poetry walks the razor’s edge between despair and resistance, between dark humor and harsh reality. "While his poetry is at times political, it embodies a universal message, reminiscent of the great mystical poets like Rumi."—Poetry International
Contributors: Kareem James Abu-Zeid

book image Miguel Hernández
Miguel Hernandez
Miguel Hernández
Hernandez
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A career-spanning collection of one of the greatest Spanish poets of the 20th century. “Miguel Hernández sang in his deep voice and his singing was as though all the trees were singing.” —Octavio Paz
Contributors: Don Share

book image Love Sonnets and Elegies
Love Sonnets and Elegies
Louise Labé
Labe
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Now hailed as the French Renaissance's answer to Sappho, Labé was little known until Rilke's celebrated translations of her poems appeared in 1918. "Light-years ahead of her time, Louise Labé jumped the gender divide, charted her own amorous destiny, wrote dazzling poetry, and became ‘one of the most celebrated women of her time.’”—Betsy Proileau
Contributors: Richard Sieburth , Karin Lessing

book image The Interior Landscape: Classical Tamil Love Poems
Interior Landscape
A. K. Ramanujan
Ramanujan
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A classic collection of love poems from the Tamil selected and translated by the legendary poet and scholar, A.K. Ramanujan. The perfect gift for a lover or a loved one.

book image Grief Lessons: Four Plays by Euripides
Grief Lessons
Anne Carson
Carson
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"Why does tragedy exist? Because you are full of rage. Why are you full of rage? Because you are full of grief." Celebrated contemporary poet and classicist Anne Carson presents new translations of four plays by Euripides.

book image Drum-Taps: The Complete 1865 Edition
Drum-Taps
Walt Whitman
Whitman
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Whitman wrote the poems that make up Drum-Taps in reaction to the suffering "soldier boys" he witnessed in Civil War field hospitals. It was immediately published as a single volume after the end of the war. Later, the poems that make it up were reordered and incorporated into Leaves of Grass. This volume is the first in 150 years to present this work in the form originally intended by its author, revealing the full force of these powerful and profoundly moving poems.
Contributors: Lawrence Kramer

book image Dime-Store Alchemy: The Art of Joseph Cornell
Dime-Store Alchemy
Charles Simic
Simic
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Dime-Store Alchemy…is the most sustained literary response thus far to Cornell’s boxes, montages, and films…incisive, freewheeling, dramatic—a mixture of evocation and observation, as lucid and shadowy as the imagination it celebrates…Dime-Store Alchemy is a meeting of kindred spirits that is itself a work of art.” —Edward Hirsch, The New Yorker

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