New European Poets

New European Poets

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by Wayne Miller
     
 

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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

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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 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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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:
03/18/2008
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
893,356
Product dimensions:
6.49(w) x 8.65(h) x 1.28(d)

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