by Jonathan Galassi


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Left-handed by Jonathan Galassi

An emotionally riveting collection that tells a powerful story of passion, loss, and transformation.
Left-handed unfolds in the manner of an intense, searching novella. At its center is a one-way dialogue with an elusive character who beguiles and torments but also inspires the unnamed narrator, who at midlife is telling the tale.
These poems—decisive, wrenching, exquisite—show an overpowering force, at once disruptive and creative, invading a settled existence. They take us from the streets of New York City to a house in the country, from the island of Naxos to the Roman Forum. They reach back to the sonnets of Shakespeare but find inspiration, too, in contemporary life. Naked and raw, lyrical yet formally inventive, rich with the melancholy wisdom of age, this is a work of resonant and shimmering beauty.

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ISBN-13: 9780307957085
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/20/2012
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

JONATHAN GALASSI is the author of two previous collections of poetry, Morning Run and North Street. He is also the author of acclaimed translations of the work of the Italian poets Eugenio Montale and Giacomo Leopardi. His poems have appeared in magazines and journals including The New Yorker, The Nation, and The Threepenny Review. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, he serves as the Honorary Chairman of the Academy of American Poets and was poetry editor of The Paris Review.

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