Tuesday 10 March 2009

New book acquisitions

New European Poets
, edited by Wayne Miller and Kevin Prufer, is an absolute feast. It contains more than 400 poems from more than 40 languages by 209 poets whose first writing was published after 1970. I'll be dipping into this book for a long time to come.

All Our Grandfathers Are Ghosts by Pasha Malla is delightful, one of the funniest books I've read in a years. I would recommend it to anyone, and it only costs ten bucks. So don't be a cheapskate, go buy a copy.

This was a gift from my good friend Stuart Ross. The Witness of Poetry by Czeslaw Milosz is simply marvellous. Clear thoughts about the art and craft or poetry that are clearly written, eloquent, elegant, and profoundly intelligent: this is what literary theory was meant to be. This book is a gem.

Expressway by Sina Queyras is her fourth collection of poems. Her poetry can't be summed up easily. Each of her books are very different in tone, temperment and approach, but always executed with technical flair and heady intellect. This one raises questions about our social values and interconnectedness as embodied by our physical infrastructure. Intruiging, to be sure.

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