The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry
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.
He who has nothing to hide,
has nothing to show
---Marguerite De Hainut
My baby is playing in the bath, delighted. I begin
to wash his head and spend some time at this.
Then he begins. When I start to rinse his hair, I
can't find him. I turn around, and ther ...more
don’t take you too far
and you are silent
as you tremble
at the trellis of your hands.
When the chariot of your imagination
does not lead you into tunnels
lit up with apprehensions
as you remain silent
gazing at the smoke twirling
around your wrist.
When the woman who lets
her scarf fall
through the evening’s emptiness
greets you, and you don’t
her greeting, but rather
remain silent, and tremble
as you gaze
at the destinies that unfold, lurching
in you ...more
Botton line: great intro to world poetry with a few surprises.
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First I went down to the street
by means of the stairs,
just imagine it,
by means of the stairs.
Then people known to people unknown
passed me by and I passed them by.
that you did not see
how people walk,
I entered a complete store:
lamps of glass were glowing.
I saw somebody - he sat down -
and what did I hear? what did I hear?
rustling of bags and human talk.
--Miron Bialoszewski (Poland, 1922-1983)”