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Of No Country I Know: New and Selected Poems and Translations

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  5 reviews
David Ferry's Of No Country I Know: New and Selected Poems and Translations provides a wonderful gathering of the work of one of the great American poetic voices of the twentieth century. It brings together his new poems and translations, collected here for the first time; his books Strangers and Dwelling Places in their entirety; selections from his first book, On the Way ...more
Paperback, 310 pages
Published November 15th 1999 by University of Chicago Press (first published 1999)
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Abby
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Bright, stirring poems. Particularly moved by (1) his "mundane" poems about nature or people's gestures and (2) his translations, especially of Rilke. Favorite translation:

“Herbsttag”

—Rilke

Now is the right time, Lord. Summer is over.
Let the autumn shadows drift upon the sundials,
And let the wind stray loose over the fields.

Summer was abundant. May the last fruits be full
Of its promise. Give them a last few summer days.
Bring everything into its completion, Lord,
The last sweetness final in the he
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Carol Peters
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Highly recommend.
Ashley
Oct 28, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Ferry doesn't exactly make me want to run screaming in ecstasy, but I wouldn't classify him as an "old person poet" either. He's reserved, sometimes to a boring extent, but he's perceptive. And he's got some incredible translations. I'd recommend "Mary in Old Age," "A Young Woman," and his translation of "News from Mount Amiata."
Caroline
Feb 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
LOVED the translations and there were a few real gems by Ferry.
Shradha
Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
"News from Mount Amiata"
"That Evening at Dinner"

His work reminds me a little of Anne Carson
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