By Christian Bok

The observe ‘eunoia,’ which accurately skill ‘beautiful thinking,’ is the shortest notice in English that includes all 5 vowels. without delay encouraged by means of the Oulipo (l’Ouvroir de Littérature Potentielle), a French writers’ crew drawn to experimenting with assorted varieties of literary constraint, Eunoia is a five-chapter e-book within which every one bankruptcy is a univocal lipogram – the 1st bankruptcy has A as its purely vowel, the second one bankruptcy E, and so forth. each one vowel takes on a unique character: the I is egotistical and romantic, the O jocular and obscene, the E elegiac and epic (including a retelling of the Iliad!).

Stunning in its implications and masterful in its execution, Eunoia has constructed a cult following, garnering wide compliment and profitable the Griffin Poetry Prize. the unique version used to be by no means published within the united states, however it has already been a bestseller in Canada and the U.K. (published via Canongate Books), the place it was once indexed as one of many Times’ best ten books of 2008.

This version positive factors numerous new yet comparable poems by means of Christian Bök and an extended afterword.

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By Gottfried Benn, David Paisley

Gottfried Benn ranks one of the most important German poets of the 20th century. His early paintings, with its shockingly photo depictions of human soreness and degradation, was once linked to the Expressionist circulation; the overriding subject matter of his later paintings was once the isolation and fragmentation of the man or woman adrift in a nihilistic international. David Paisey right here provides choices, of verse and prose respectively, from Benn’s huge oeuvre, ordered chronologically to allow readers to understand the advancements of Benn’s paintings and suggestion. the unique German textual content of the poems is additionally incorporated. In a massive biographical advent, Paisey tackles the tricky query of Benn’s compliance with the Nazi regime and its effect on his existence and paintings.

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By Richard Brautigan

First released 1978, June thirtieth, June thirtieth, a suite of seventy-seven poems, was once Brautigan's 8th choice of poetry; his 10th poetry ebook e-book, and the final to be released earlier than his loss of life.

These poems, dated from thirteen May-30 June 1976, shape a poetic trip diary of Brautigan's courting with Japan, which he first visited January-July 1976. the shape of this ebook follows the japanese culture of haibun, a suite of haiku accrued right into a tale line. The e-book used to be mostly overlooked by means of critics.

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By Robert Louis Stevenson, Charles Robinson

First released in 1885, Stevenson's verses so really replicate the emotions of younger children--about being small, the bliss of going up in a swing so excessive, gaining knowledge of one's shadow, happiness and sorrow and dreaming--that they've got by no means ceased to be an important a part of a child's library. Robinson's attractive photos initially seemed in 1896 within the first illustrated version.

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By Leonard Cohen

"The Spice-Box of Earth is Canadian poet and songwriter Leonard Cohen's moment choice of poetry. It was once first released in 1961 by means of McClelland and Stewart. The booklet introduced the then 27 year-old poet a degree of early literary acclaim. Many poems were anthologized in Canadian institution textbooks.

Following The Spice-Box of Earth, Cohen retreated for a number of years to the treeless Argolic island of Hydra in Greece, the place he all started paintings at the way more angular and abrasive poems gathered in flora for Hitler in 1964."

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William Langland's 14th-century poem Piers Plowman, a tense and sometimes funny statement on corruption and greed, is still significant at the present time. The allegorical paintings revolves round the narrator's quest to dwell an outstanding existence, and takes the shape of a sequence of desires during which Piers, the sincere plowman, appears to be like in numerous guises. Characters corresponding to moral sense, constancy and Charity, along Falsehood and Guile, are immediately recognizable as our present-day politicians and celebrities, pals and friends. Social matters are faced, together with governance, monetary relatives, felony justice, marital family and the boundaries of educational studying, in addition to spiritual trust and the average world.
This new verse translation from the center English preserves the power, imagery and motive of the unique, and keeps its alliterative kind.

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From early because the 7th century as much as the current day, no different has had such a lot of vital girls poets as Japan.

during this assortment (originally released via The Seabury Press in 1977 as The Burning Heart, Kenneth Rexroth and Ikuko Atsumi have assembled consultant works of seventy-seven poets. Staring with the Classical interval (645-1604 A.D.), characterised via the wanka and tanka styles,followed via haiku poets of the Tokugawa interval (to 1867), the following sleek tanka and haiku poets,and together with the modern college of loose verse―Women Poets of Japan documents twelve hundred years of poetic accomplishment. integrated are biographical notes at the person poets, an essay on eastern girls and literature, and a desk of old sessions.

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By Don Bogen

An Algebra is an interwoven choice of 8 sequences and 16 person poems, the place pictures and words recur in new contexts, connecting and postponing concepts, feelings and insights. by means of turns, the poems jump from the general public realm of city decay and outsourcing to the intimacies of family members lifestyles, from a road mime to a haunting dream, from elegy to lyric evocation. Wholeness and brokenness intertwine within the ebook; glimpsed styles and startling disjunctions force its explorations.

An Algebra is a piece of adjusting equivalents, a look for stability in a global of transformation and loss. it's a brilliantly built, relocating publication by way of a poet who has completed a brand new point of inventive expression and ability.

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Hesiod, who lived in Boetia within the past due 8th century BC, is without doubt one of the oldest recognized, and doubtless the oldest of Greek poets. His Theogony features a systematic family tree of the gods from the start of the realm and an account of the struggles of the Titans. by contrast, Works and Days is a compendium of ethical and useful recommendation on husbandry, and throws particular and interesting mild on archaic Greek society. in addition to delivering the earliest identified assets for the myths of Pandora, Prometheus and the Golden Age, Hesiod's poetry offers a useful account of the ethics and superstitions of the society within which he lived. not like Homer, Hesiod writes approximately himself and his family members, and he will be the first character in ecu literature. This new translation, by means of a number one professional at the Hesiodic poems combines accuracy with clarity. it really is followed through an creation and explanatory notes.
concerning the sequence: For over a hundred years Oxford World's Classics has made on hand the widest variety of literature from around the world. each one cheap quantity displays Oxford's dedication to scholarship, offering the main actual textual content plus a wealth of different precious positive aspects, together with professional introductions by means of top gurus, priceless notes to explain the textual content, updated bibliographies for extra learn, and lots more and plenty extra.

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By Margaret Atwood

These superbly crafted poems - by way of turns darkish, playful, intensely relocating, delicate, and intimate - make up Margaret Atwood's so much complete and flexible collecting up to now, " environment foot at the center floor / among physique and word." a few draw on background, a few on fable, either classical and renowned. Others, extra own, hindrance themselves with love, with the fragility of the wildlife, and with dying, in particular within the elegiac sequence of meditations at the loss of life of a mum or dad. yet additionally they inhabit a latest panorama haunted by means of pictures of the prior. beneficiant, searing, compassionate, and demanding, this poetry rises out of human event to hunt a degree among luminous reminiscence and the realities of the typical, among the potential to inflict and the power to forgive.

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