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Another Republic: 17 European and South American Writers
First published in 1976, this astonishing anthology from two U.S. Poet Laureates, Charles Simic and Mark Strand, compiles a selection of the finest translated literature of the time, showcasing the then-little-known writers who had a profound influence on the current generation of poets.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Ecco
(first published 1976)
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The seventeen poets collected here present the two sides of the international modernist/surrealist movement. These poets’ work is either concerned with creating new myths that explore the world with a fresh surrealist eye or with documenting the historical events that shaped their countries’ histories. Of the former group, Julio Cortazar’s prose poems are the most inventive and inspiring, as they combine the surreal imagery and flat tone of the movement with human themes. His excellent “The Lin ...more
Anthologies are always a grab-bag, writers you might be sympathetic to, others you aren't. But this fairly small collection samples from quite a number of "foreign" literatures and comes up mostly on the winning side. I found Henri Michaux particularly interesting, among the writers I'm not really familiar with, and found the selections of Yannis Ritsos--whom I think often quite good--not very interesting at all.
If the American poetry scene has got you down, this book is a good refuge. Poems about eggs, math, the weight of clouds and other things. A lot of the translations were so well done I kept flipping to the back of the book to see if the poem had originally been written in English.
Charles Simic (born Dušan Simić) is a Serbian-American poet and the 15th Poet Laureate of the United States. He is co-Poetry Editor of the Paris Review. Simic is the 2007 recipient of the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets. This $100,000 (US) prize recognizes outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry.More about Charles Simic...