Tuesday, April 23, 7:30 pm

The Poetry Book Group is led by Rhonda Williford and meets 4th Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Poems of Fernando Pessoa By Fernando Pessoa, Edwin Honig (Translator) Cover Image

Poems of Fernando Pessoa (Paperback)

By Fernando Pessoa, Edwin Honig (Translator)


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Fernando Pessoa is Portugal's most important contemporary poet.

He wrote under several identities, which he called heteronyms: Albet Caeiro, Alvaro de Campos, Ricardo Reis and Bernardo Soares. He wrote fine poetry under his own name as well, and each of his "voices" is completely different in subject, temperament and style. This volume brings back into print the comprehensive collection of his work published by Ecco Press in 1986.

At last, at last, at last, Pessoa again More Pessoa One of the very great poets of the twentieth century, again and more And one of the fascinating figures of all literature, with his manifold identities, his amazing audacities, his brilliance and his shyness. I think I have under control the reluctance I feel in having to share Pessoa with the public he should have had all along in America: until now, only the poets, so far as I can tell, have even heard of him, and delighted and exulted in him. He is, in some ways, the poet of modernism, the only one willing to fracture himself into the parcels of action, anguish, and nostalgia which are the grounds of our actual situation.--C. K. Williams

Pessoa is one of the great originals (a fact rendered more striking by his writing as several distinct personalities) of the European poetry of the first part of this century, and has been one of the last poets of comparable stature, in the European languages, to become known in English. Edwin Honig's translations of Spanish and Portuguese poetry have been known to anyone who cares about either, since his work on Lorca in the forties, and his Selected Poems of Pessoa (1971) was a welcome step toward a long-awaited larger colection.--W. S. Merwin

Fernando Pessoa is the least known of the masters of the twentieth-century poetry. From his heteronymic passion he produced, if that is the word, two of our greatest poets, Alberto Caeiro and lvaro de Campos, and a third, Ricardo Reis, who isn't bad. Pessoa is the exemplary poet of the self as other, of the poem as testament to unreality, proclamation of nothingness, occasion for expectancy. In Edwin Honig's and Susan Brown's superb translations, Pessoa and his 'others' live with miraculous style and vitality.--Mark Strand

Product Details ISBN: 9780872863422
ISBN-10: 0872863425
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publication Date: January 1st, 2001
Pages: 240
Language: English

POEMS OF NAZIM HIKMET, by Hikmet, trans., Blasing

Tuesday, March 26, 7:30 pm

The Poetry Book Group is led by Rhonda Williford and meets 4th Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Poems of Nazim Hikmet By Nazim Hikmet, Randy Blasing (Translated by), Mutlu Konuk Blasing (Translated by), Carolyn Forché (Foreword by) Cover Image

Poems of Nazim Hikmet (Paperback)

By Nazim Hikmet, Randy Blasing (Translated by), Mutlu Konuk Blasing (Translated by), Carolyn Forché (Foreword by)



The definitive selection by the first and foremost modern Turkish poet.

A centennial volume, with previously unavailable poems, by Turkey's greatest poet.  Published in celebration of the poet's one hundredth birthday, this exciting edition of the poems of the Nazim Hikmet (1902-1963) collects work from his four previous selected volumes and adds more than twenty poems never before available in English. The Blasing/Konuk translations, acclaimed for the past quarter-century for their accuracy and grace, convey Hikmet's compassionate, accessible voice with the subtle music, innovative form, and emotional directness of the originals.
Nazim Hikmet is considered Turkey's greatest modern poet. For his Communist views, he was imprisoned in Turkey and his work was banned. His poetry has been translated into more than fifty languages. He won the World Peace Prize (the USSR's equivalent of the Nobel) in 1950. He died in 1963 in exile.

Randy Blasing, a former National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellow, is the author of seven books of poetry, including Choice Words: Poems 1970-2005. He is also the eminent translator, alongside Mutlu Konuk, of the renowned Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet. He lives in Lincoln, Rhode Island.

Mutlu Konuk Blasing, a native of Istanbul, is Professor of English at Brown University. Her books include Lyric Poetry: The Pain and the Pleasure of Words. She is the co-translator (with Randy Blasing) of the renowned English translations of Nazim Hikmet, and the author of four scholarly books on American poetry.

Carolyn Forché, poet, translator, and activist, is professor of English at Georgetown University. She has published two award-winning volumes of poetry, Gathering the Tribes and The Country Between Us. In 1990 Ms. Fourché received a Lannan Literary Award, granted to poets and writers of literary excellence "whose work promotes a truer understanding of contemporary life." Her most recent volume of poetry is Blue Hour.
Product Details ISBN: 9780892552740
ISBN-10: 0892552743
Publisher: Persea
Publication Date: May 17th, 2002
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: Karen and Michael Braziller Books
Brilliantly conceived and executed, witty and passionate, and inspiring in a sense not found in most modern poems.
— Booklist

One of the great poetic voices of all time.
— Multicultural Review


Tuesday, February 26, 7:30 pm

The Poetry Book Group is led by Rhonda Williford and meets 4th Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

American Journal: Fifty Poems for Our Time By Tracy K. Smith Cover Image

American Journal: Fifty Poems for Our Time (Paperback)


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A landmark anthology envisioned by Tracy K. Smith, 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States

American Journal
presents fifty contemporary poems that explore and celebrate our country and our lives. 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States and Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy K. Smith has gathered a remarkable chorus of voices that ring up and down the registers of American poetry. In the elegant arrangement of this anthology, we hear stories from rural communities and urban centers, laments of loss in war and in grief, experiences of immigrants, outcries at injustices, and poems that honor elders, evoke history, and praise our efforts to see and understand one another. Taking its title from a poem by Robert Hayden, the first African American appointed as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, American Journal investigates our time with curiosity, wonder, and compassion.

Among the fifty poets included are: Jericho Brown, Natalie Diaz, Matthew Dickman, Mark Doty, Ross Gay, Aracelis Girmay, Joy Harjo, Terrance Hayes, Cathy Park Hong, Marie Howe, Major Jackson, Ilya Kaminsky, Robin Coste Lewis, Ada Límon, Layli Long Soldier, Erika L. Sánchez, Solmaz Sharif, Danez Smith, Susan Stewart, Mary Szybist, Natasha Trethewey, Brian Turner, Charles Wright, and Kevin Young.

Tracy K. Smith is the author of four poetry collections, including Wade in the Water and Life on Mars, winner of the Pulitzer Prize. In 2017, she was appointed Poet Laureate of the United States. She teaches at Princeton University.
Product Details ISBN: 9781555978150
ISBN-10: 1555978150
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication Date: September 4th, 2018
Pages: 104
Language: English

“Tracy K. Smith . . . pulled together 50 poems by contemporary writers to create a literary sampling of the American experience. There are lyrics you’ll cheer with, elegies you’ll weep with, and stories you won’t forget. Get one for yourself and one for a friend.”Wirecutter

American Journal serves as a strong overview of the poetry of our current moment. . . . It is refreshing to read a book that unifies our diverse perspectives.”ZYZZYVA

“These fifty poems bear witness to what it means to come from and belong to this remarkably vast and varied nation. In these lines, I am reminded that no matter who we are, we have something urgent and life-changing to offer one another. American Journal is an invitation to listen and to feel.”—Tracy K. Smith