Talking into the Ear of a Donkey

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Talking Into the Ear of a Donkey: Poems By Robert Bly Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393343649
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 5th, 2012

Robert Bly’s most recent book Talking Into the Ear of a Donkey contains poems that range from insight fully humorous to wildly precious observations of what being human entails.  He is this year’s recipient of the Poetry Society of America’s most prestigious award the “Frost Medal” for “ distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry.”

The Emily Dickinson Reader

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The Emily Dickinson Reader: An English-To-English Translation of Emily Dickinson's Complete Poems By Paul Legault Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781936365982
Published: McSweeney's - August 14th, 2012

More than just a clever joke, The Emily Dickinson Reader is an insightful look at Emily Dickinson’s work and a wise work of poetry its own right. Through his “translations,” Legault reveals a darker and funnier Dickinson than we might have assumed, while creating a strange synthesis work shining with its own kind of brilliance. This is how he translates poem 432 ““I cannot write people back to life. As hard as I might try. And I do. Furiously. Like a wizard. Or a grammarian.”


The Broken Word

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The Broken Word: An Epic Poem of the British Empire in Kenya, and the Mau Mau Uprising Against It (Penguin Poets) By Adam Foulds Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143118091
Published: Penguin Books - March 29th, 2011

Breathtaking. Precise. Beautiful. Gruesome. This is a powerful narrative poem about a young British man coming of age in the midst of the Mau-Mau revolution. The de-humanizing effect of war, disparities of culture, the power and hypocrisy of colonial occupation, and enduring trauma of combat and inflicted cruelty. This is one of the best books in any genre of the year.



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