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After Homer: Poems
Written in a voice both direct and timely, After Homer speaks to our historical moment in a way that connects with a larger sense of our time passing. At times personal, at times political, the poems remain anchored in a formal complexity that delivers clarity and nuance to the ideas set forth within them. Whether writing about the sinking of the Lusitania, the death of Ch ...more
Hardcover, 79 pages
Published February 17th 2002 by George Braziller Inc.
(first published February 2002)
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Slightly better than his last book, but that's not saying much. In particular, I think "The Death of Chekhov" may be one of the most tedious poems ever written in the English language. Few outside of northeastern poetic circles or Bard College at Simon's Rock will have heard of this collection at all, but there is a reason for it. Filkins can be a pretty good translator, but his poetry really leaves something to be desired.