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A major anthology spanning the diversity of the latest poetry to come out of Europe

New European Poets presents the works of poets from across Europe. In compiling this landmark anthology, Wayne Miller and Kevin Prufer enlisted twenty-four regional editors to select 270 poets whose writing was first published after 1970. These poets represent every country in Europe, and many of them are published here for the first time in English and in the United States. The resulting ...

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Overview

A major anthology spanning the diversity of the latest poetry to come out of Europe

New European Poets presents the works of poets from across Europe. In compiling this landmark anthology, Wayne Miller and Kevin Prufer enlisted twenty-four regional editors to select 270 poets whose writing was first published after 1970. These poets represent every country in Europe, and many of them are published here for the first time in English and in the United States. The resulting anthology collects some of the very best work of a new generation of poets who have come of age since Paul Celan, Anna Akhmatova, Federico García Lorca, Eugenio Montale, and Czeslaw Milosz.

The poetry in New European Poets is fiercely intelligent, often irreverent, and engaged with history and politics. The range of styles is exhilarating—from the lyric intimacy of Portuguese poet Rosa Alice Branco to the profane prose poems of Romanian poet Radu Andriescu, from the surrealist bravado of Czech poet Sylva

Fischerová to the survivor’s cry of Russian poet Irina Ratushinskaya. Poetry translated from more than thirty languages is represented, including French, German, Spanish, and Italian, and more regional languages such as Basque, Irish Gaelic, and Sámi.

In its scope and ambition, New European Poets is destined to be a seminal anthology, an important vehicle for American readers to discover the extraordinary poetry being written across the Atlantic.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Tasked with representing European poets who began publishing after 1970, poets and editors Miller and Prufer recruited 24 regional editors-including Marilyn Hacker (Belgium, Luxembourg, France and Switzerland) and Rika Lesser (Finland and Sweden)-to select and translate 270 contemporary versifiers. The resulting anthology-designed to emphasize poets not already well represented in English-is sure to be a boon to all kinds of poetry lovers and an important reference for decades to come. From Valzhyna Mort of Belarus ("Outside your borders/ they built a huge orphanage,/ and you left us there, belarus") to Poland's Adam Wiedemann ("Imagine a situation where it never occurs to you/ to think of any other situation"), Norway's Cathrine Grøndahl ("...the most frightening thing is simply/ to be named John Doe and to land in Smalltown") to Portugal's Rui Pires Cabral ("Great city/ of the missing, so often I didn't have/ the vigor to take pleasure in/ your small, deserted/ gardens"), these poets range from the surreal to the all-too-real, portraying decades of sweeping political change throughout Europe and rendering inner lives shaped by circumstances and places as varied as the languages in which they write. American readers are sure to find many new favorites among those included, and they may even find their whole conception of contemporary European literature upturned. (Apr.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555974923
  • Publisher: Graywolf Press
  • Publication date: 3/18/2008
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,400,658
  • Product dimensions: 6.49 (w) x 8.65 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Wayne Miller is the author of a book of poems, Only the Senses Sleep, and co-translator of I Don’t Believe in Ghosts by Moikom Zeqo. Kevin Prufer is the author of four books of poems, including National Anthem.

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Table of Contents

Part II

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

MILE STOJIC

House on Ice

FERIDA DURAKOVIC

Paper Tea

SEMEZDIN MEHMEDINOVIC

War

MILJENKO JERGOVIC

Feldwebel Zorn's Motorcycle

SENADIN MUSABEGOVIC

Dawn at Auschwitz

CROATIA

BRANKO MALEŠ

Crystal

ANKA ŽAGAR

Journey

BRANKO CEGEC

Eyes, Ears, Mirrors

DELIMIR REŠICKI

Radio

KRESIMIR BAGIC

a house

DAMIR ŠODAN

Durruti 1936

TATJANA GROMACA

I Like It When You Come Around with Your Friends

SLOVENIA

BORIS A. NOVAK

Uni-verse

ALEŠ DEBELJAK

Cast Vote

BARBARA KORUN

Every Breath You Take

UROŠ ZUPAN

May

ALEŠ ŠTEGER

The Returning of What Is to Come

HUNGARY

IMRE ORAVECZ

Soldier's Graves

The Hole

ÁKOS SZILAGYI

O!

You Think

BÉLA BODOR

What to Expect

ANDRAS PETÖCZ

The Lake at Dawn

A Banal Poem. Subject: Love

In Praise of the Sea

FLÓRA IMRE

Snow Covers the Garden

SLOVAKIA

MILA HAUGOVÁ

To Withstand Evil

Alpha Centauri

DANA PODRACKÁ

A Diary

JOZEF URBAN

I Blow My Nose Inartistically

IVAN KOLENIC

Skin Is a Wrapping of Bones

RÓBERT GÁL

from Epigraffiti

MARTIN SOLOTRUK

How to Endure the Sun if Not Tiptoeing

CZECH REPUBLIC

IVANA BOZDECHOVÁ

Everyday Occurrence

SYLVA FISHEROVÁ

The Only Place

The Language of the Fountains

Eggs, Newspaper, and Coffee

PETR HRUŠKA

Door

At the Claws

PETR BORKOVEC

[We do what? We are involved in space,]

KATERINA PINOSOVÁ

from Lake Poems

KATERINA RUDCENKOVÁ

[Yes, I live inside the piano,]

Nowhere

POLAND

PIOTR SOMMER

A Certain Tree in Powazki

Cemetery

Space

Don't Sleep, Take Notes

BOZENA KEFF

What's in my pocket

Dream of the Meaning of Dreams

ANDRZEJ SOSNOWSKI

Five Fathoms Down

Errata

MARCIN SWIETLICKI

Preface

Song of the Ill

EUGENIUSZ TKACZYSZYN-DYCKI

Foodstone

In the hallway of the regional

hospital

MARZANNA BOGUMILA KIELAR

[Frost ropes in the ditch: nothing could break through,]

Winter Elegy

Early Spring

KRZYSZTOF KOEHLER

[A new language: the language]

[Two columns of smoke]

MARCIN SENDECKI

Good Later

[A little coat, white up till now,]

EWA SONNENBERG

Internal Manifesto I

Uncertainty

ADAM WIEDMANN

Notable Essay: Music

Calypso

DARIUSZ SUSKA

Light

Death is the top player in our playground

ARTUR SZLOSAREK

Imagination

Temptation

BELARUS

VICTAR SHALKEVICH

[I want to tell you what speaks to me most—]

MIKHAS BAJARYN

[creating a homer is less complicated than you might imagine]

ANDREJ KHADANOVICH

Commedia

VIKTAR ŽYBUL

[I don't want to be the navel of the Earth.]

VALZHYNA MORT

Belarusian I

Belarusian II

[Maybe you too sometimes fantasize]

UKRAINE

OLEH LYSHEHA

Song 551

Song 352

NATALKA BILOTSERKIVETS

Hotel Central

YURKO ANDRUKHOVYCH

Jamaica the Cossack

OKSANA ZABUZHKO

A Definition of Poetry

Letter from the Summer House

VICTOR NEBORAK

What He Does . . .

Flying Head

ANDRIY BONDAR

the men of my country

SERHIY ZHADAN

Alcohol

RUSSIA

ELENA SHVARTS

Remembrance of Strange

Hospitality

REGINA DERIEVA

Theory of Recruiting

[From a land of institutes to a land of prostitutes.]

Dark thoughts

OLGA SEDAKOVA

Female Figure

ALEXANDER EREMENKO

[Dip us in fire or water,]

SERGEY GANDLEVSKY

To My Mother

EVGENII BUNIMOVICH

Excuse and Explanation

IRINA RATUSHINSKAYA

[I will live and survive and be asked:]

TATYANA SHCHERBINA

About Limits

ALEXEI PARSHCHIKOV

Estuary

KATIA KAPOVICH

Parting makes simple sense

VERA PAVLOVA

Four Poems

DMITRY GOLYNKO

Passing the Church of the French Consulate

BORIS RYZHII

Cinema

POLINA BARSKOVA

Manuscript Found by Natasha Rostova During the Fire

to A.K

DARYA SUKHOVEI

Spring Scales

LITHUANIA

EUGENIJUS ALIŠANKA

from the case of bones

GINTARAS GRAJAUSKAS

World in Your Pocket

The Night Watchman

DAIVA ÈEPAUSKAITË

Love, a Last Glance

NERINGA ABRUTYTE

The Beginning

LAURYNAS KATKUS

Later On

Žvërynas in Winter

MARIUS BUROKAS

Simpleton

LATVIA

LIÂNA LANGA

Galanteria N. I, 7, 9

INGA ABELE

Autumn Recipe

INGA GAILE

The wind smooths out all the wrinkles and light beacons in our eyes,

To leave, flee, lope, swim away with

RONALDS BRIEDIS

Silence

Before addressing the people

ESTONIA

ASKO KÜNNAP

O night, my car

FS

[we are born in hospitals]

[the hangover in our shared body]

KARL MARTIN SINIJÄRV

I am a Poemmaker

Arcadia

ELO VIIDING

The Extraordinary Importance of a Private Life

FINLAND

TUA FORSSTRÖM

It's beautiful in Sicily in the spring when the lemon trees are in bloom

from Minerals

ILPO TIIHONEN

Septet to the Great Bear

LEEVI LEHTO

A Sliced Guitar

MARTIN ENCKELL

Saint Petersburg

LAURI OTONKOSKI

Herbal Wisdom

from The Poetry Track

HELENA SINERVO

Postcard

ANNI SUMARI

Fete

SÁPMI

NILS ASLAK VALKEAPÄÄ

from Trekways of the Wind

SWEDEN

ARNE JOHNSSON

Sketch XXV

from Part of this and separate as everyone

BRUNO K. ÖIJER

*

*

KATARINA FROSTENSON

Echo's Gorge

Sonnet from Shadow of a Gift

EVA RUNEFELT

Carnation

The Slowness

ELISABETH RYNELL

The Womb

ANN JÄDERLUND

three poems from Soon into the Summer I Will Walk Out

MAGNUS WILLIAM-OLSSON

(Analogia)

HÅKAN SANDELL

Nature Motre: iv. On an Eggshell

NORWAY

BJØRN AAMODT

Five untitled poems

TOR ULVEN

[They dance far]

ØYSTEIN WINGAARD WOLF

The Soapmaker

[Your left hand]

HENNING KRAMER DAHL

Practicing Ballerina

CATHERINE GRØNDAHL

Selected Exercises in Case Law II

The Law Is the Mediterranean

PERDRO CARMONA-ALVAREZ

60 Minutes

CORNELIUS JAKHELLN

Sèma (sign).

[Not to be is Nothing's only quality.]

ICELAND

ELÍSABET JÖKULSDÓTTIR

The Divorce Children

GYRDIR ELÍSSON

Nocturne

KRISTIN ÓMARSDÓTTIR

Closed Bridal Night

SIGURBJÖRG THRASTARDÓTIR

And Your Tears

DENMARK

PIA JUUL

Novel

NIELS FRANK

Conspiracies

In the Californian Back Yard

ADDA DJØRUP

The Nth day of the Nth Month

GERMANY

ULLA HAHN

Respectable Sonnet

URSULA KRECHEL

My Mother

ANGELA KRAUSS

Leipzig, 1999

GERHARD FALKNER

You Sleep

KURT DRAWERT

You Sleep

BERT PAPENFUSS

on edge

THOMAS KLING

stratum I (petrarch)

stratum III (beatrice)

UWE KOLBE

Never now anywhere

DIETER M. GRÄF

While Dancing: A Paradigm

ZEHRA ÇIRAK

Friendly Fire

KERSTIN HENSEL

At the Flea Market

ZAFER SENOCAK

M

ULRIKE DRAESNER

hyacinth colic

DURS GRÜNBEIN

In the Provinces 2 (In Gotland)

LUTZ SEILER

concrete

ULF STOLTERFOHT

Jargons IV (2)

MARCEL BEYER

Snow

NICOLAI KOBUS

anna

JAN WAGNER

fall villanelle

JAN VOLKER RÖHNERT

Longing Is a Blind Sail . . .

DANIEL FALB

a social still life in the line of Vermeer

TOBIAS GRÜTERICH

5 aphorisms

STEFFEN POPP

Silvae (lit)

ULJANA WOLF

Recovery Room

AUSTRIA/LICHTENSTEIN

EVELYN SCHLAG

Lesson

MICHAEL DONHAUSER

The Apple

PETER WATERHOUSE

About What Is a Hand And What Is in the Hand

OSWALD EGGER

[Only, sometimes coast herons fly in a low V]

RAOUL SCHROTT

Twilight Phenomena II

HELWIG BRUNNER

[Reading into the face how the skin]

THE NETHERLANDS

EVA GERLACH

Leda

Fed Up

TONNUS OOSTERHOF

There was a man

Button Box

Secret Agent

MARJOLEINE DE VOS

Mrs. Despina sees a rhinoceros

Mrs. Despina goes swimming

Death he has your voice

ESTHER JANSMA

from Picnic on the Spiral Staircase

NACHOEM M. WIJNBERG

I Am a Doctor

Psalm

In the dream of an angel

BELGIUM

WILLIAM CLIFF

Ballade of the Mouse

WERNER LAMBERSY

from Linnaeus' clock

STEPHAN HERTMANS

Death on a pale horse

First Steps

While sketching

ERIK SPINOY

from Susette

ENGLAND

MIMI KHALVATI

Ghazal

SELIMA HILL

North Carolina

DENISE RILEY

Milk Ink

SEAN O’BRIEN

Cities

JO SHAPCOTT

Phrase Book

MONIZA ALVI

Fish

BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH

White Comedy

MARK FORD

We Crave

GLYN MAXWELL

State of the Nation

SIMON ARMITAGE

Kid

FIONA SAMPSON

Hayfever portrait

WALES

SHEENAGH PUGH

Golden Rabbits

GWYNETH LEWIS

Mother Tongue

SCOTLAND

JOHN BURNSIDE

De Humani Corporis Fabrica

ROBERT CRAWFORD

A Scottish Assembly

W. N. HERBERT

Scaldfoot

JACKIE KAY

Virus

KATHLEEN JAMIE

Wee wifey

DON PATERSON

An Elliptical Stylus

DREW MILNE

A modest preposition

NORTHERN IRELAND

CIARAN CARSON

The Words

MEDBH MCGUCKIAN

On Ballycastle Beach

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

NUALA NÍ DHOMHNAILL

The Language Issue

VONA GROARKE

The Riverbed

CONOR O'CALLAGHAN

The Pilot Light

ABOUT THE POETS

ABOUT THE TRANSLATORS

ABOUT THE EDITORS

PERMISSION

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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