By Italo Calvino, Julio Cortázar, Fernando Pessoa, Paul Celan, Nicanor Parra, Francis Ponge, Czesław Miłosz, Vasko Popa, Zbigniew Herbert, Henri Michaux, Jean Follian, Octavio Paz, Yehuda Amichai, Johannes Bobrowski, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Miroslav Holu
Editors: Charles Simic and Mark Strand
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A strong selection--mainly of poems, but additionally a few choices from Calvino. Many striking authors, as you'll find from the checklist above. Paul Celan is winner of a Georg Buchner prize, and there's a pair Nobels up there too (Paz and Milosz).
First released in 1976, this marvelous anthology from U.S. Poet Laureates, Charles Simic and Mark Strand, compiles a range of the best translated literature of the time, showcasing the then-little-known writers who had a profound effect at the present iteration of poets.
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It remains imperturbable in the disorder of the seas. It comes out of it only smaller, but entire, and if you will as great, since its proportions do not in any way depend upon its volume. FRANCIS PONGE / 33 Removed from the liquid it dries at once. That is, despite the monstrous efforts to which it has been submitted, no liquid trace will remain on its surface: it is shed without any effort. In the end, smaller from day to day but always sure of its form, blind, solid, and dry at core, its character thus is not allowed to be confused but simply reduced by the waters.
The streams go forward; but not she. Listen, don’t be angry, I swear it to you, I wouldn’t dream of deceiving you. She is like that. N o matter how excited she gets, she will halt before a little sand. She’s a great falterer. She would certainly like to go forward, but there’s the story. Later on, maybe, some day she will go forward. 10 We are more than ever surrounded by ants, says her letter. They push the dust uneasily at top speed. They take no interest in us. HENRI MICHAUX / 43 N ot one raises its head.
HENRI MICHAUX / 43 N ot one raises its head. This is the most tightly closed society that could exist, although outdoors they spread out constantly in all directions. N o matter, their projected schemes, their preoccupations . . they are among themselves . . everywhere. And up to the present time not one has raised its head toward us. It would rather be crushed. 11 She writes to him again: You cannot imagine all that there is in the sky, you would have to see it to believe it. So now, the . .