The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry

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In this remarkable anthology, introduced and edited by Ilya Kaminsky and Susan Harris, poetic visions from the twentieth century will be reinforced and in many ways revised. Here, alongside renowned masters, are internationally celebrated poets who have rarely, if ever, been translated into English.

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Overview

In this remarkable anthology, introduced and edited by Ilya Kaminsky and Susan Harris, poetic visions from the twentieth century will be reinforced and in many ways revised. Here, alongside renowned masters, are internationally celebrated poets who have rarely, if ever, been translated into English.

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Editorial Reviews

The Morning News
“I suspect there are not many collections (if any) like The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry. Gathered within its pages are some of the finest poems from around the planet written in the 20th century.”
Newsday
The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry is essential reading.....There’s no shortage of marvelous new voices to discover. Spanning generations, cultures and countries, this is truly a landmark publication-and it’s a good gift for the poetry lover in your life, even if that person is you.”
The Barnes & Noble Review
“In this highly readable anthology, Kaminsky, one of his generation’s finest poets, and Harris, the editorial director of Words Without Borders, aim to expand literary citizenship -- and succeed elegantly.”
Ploughshares
“An incomparable collection of poets whose work has bever been fully available in English....The reader is given a sense of the entire twentieth century. Kaminsky and Harris have done a first-rate job of bringing a literal world of poets together.”
John Ashbery
“From canonical modernists like Valéry, Vallejo and Pasternak to younger poets of today, the Ecco Anthology collects an amazing spectrum of poetic voices from around the world in gifted translations, often by other well-known poets. It becomes immediately indispensable.”
Edward Hirsch
“It is a modern book of wonders, of airy correspondences and earthly dialogues, of faraway voices and unlikely global encounters, of borders magically crossed and deaths transfigured, of candles lighting each other, like souls. It is inexhaustible.”
Carolyn Forche
"This brilliantly assembled gathering of world voices reads as a symphony of utterance beginning to end, an international conversation of the highest order, regarding the questions and concerns of humankind, beyond borders and all other such barriers, real or imagined."
Carolyn Forché
“This brilliantly assembled gathering of world voices reads as a symphony of utterance beginning to end, an international conversation of the highest order, regarding the questions and concerns of humankind, beyond borders and all other such barriers, real or imagined.”
The Barnes & Noble Review

We Americans can be shockingly ignorant of what's happening in countries next door, across the ocean, or half a hemisphere away. But as Ilya Kaminsky and Susan Harris want to show us, this isn't just politically or culturally myopic -- it also deprives us of many pleasures, the art of poetry among them. In this highly readable anthology, Kaminsky, one of his generation's finest poets, and Harris, the editorial director of Words Without Borders, aim to expand literary citizenship -- and succeed elegantly. Like most good anthologies, The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry is a well-placed smorgasboard, and sampling it can make a reader hungry for a full meal. Indeed, how have any of us been getting along without reading Anna Ahkmatova or Czeslaw Milosz or Mahmoud Darwish or Ko Un?

This book invites us to broaden our reading, to learn, to know more. But as Kaminsky's thoughtful essay on translation also argues, this anthology is as much about discovering community as it is about discovering any one new poet. In a wonderful opening essay about translation and literary echo, it becomes clear that Kaminsky hopes to catalog not just poems or poets, but the currents and echoes between them -- to find new meridians, trade routes, and dialog. We're the better for listening. As Mahmoud Darwish (translated by Fady Joudah) says -- as if addressing not only Palestinians, but writers and readers everywhere: "We have a country of words. So speak, speak that I may lean/ my path on a stone made of stone. We have a country of words./ Speak, speak that we may know an end to travel!"

--Tess Taylor

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061583247
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/2/2010
  • Pages: 540
  • Sales rank: 246,870
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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