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  • Hothouses Hothouses: Poems, 1889 Maurice Maeterlinck
    Translated by Richard Howard

    On May 31, 1889, a young Belgian lawyer from a wealthy bourgeois family in Ghent published a book of 33 poems in 155 copies. Maurice Maeterlinck's legal career was floundering but his road to literary greatness had begun. Long...

  • Oranges and Snow Oranges and Snow: Selected Poems of Milan Djordjević Milan Djordjević

    Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Simic has done more than anyone since Czeslaw Milosz to introduce English-language readers to the greatest modern Slavic poets. In Oranges and Snow, Simic continues this work with his translations of...

  • Horace, The Odes Horace, The Odes: New Translations by Contemporary Poets Horace
    Edited by J. D. McClatchy

    They have inspired poets and challenged translators through the centuries. The odes of Horace are the cornerstone of lyric poetry in the Western world. Their subtlety of tone and brilliance of technique have often proved elusive...

  • The Night The Night Jaime Saenz
    Translated by Forrest Gander and Kent Johnson

    Jaime Saenz is arguably the greatest Bolivian writer of the twentieth century. His poetry is apocalyptic, transcendent, hallucinatory, brilliant--and, until recently, available only in Spanish. Forrest Gander and Kent Johnson's...

  • Love Lessons Love Lessons: Selected Poems of Alda Merini Alda Merini
    Translated by Susan Stewart

    Alda Merini is one of Italy's most important, and most beloved, living poets. She has won many of the major national literary prizes and has twice been nominated for the Nobel Prize--by the French Academy in 1996 and by Italian PEN in...

  • After Every War After Every War: Twentieth-Century Women Poets

    They are nine women with much in common—all German speaking, all poets, all personal witnesses to the horror and devastation that was World War II. Yet, in this deeply moving collection, each provides a singularly personal glimpse...

  • New Impressions of Africa New Impressions of Africa Raymond Roussel
    Translated by Mark Ford

    Poet, novelist, playwright, and chess enthusiast, Raymond Roussel (1877-1933) was one of the French belle époque's most compelling literary figures. During his lifetime, Roussel's work was vociferously championed by the surrealists...

  • Angina Days Angina Days: Selected Poems Günter Eich
    Translated by Michael Hofmann

    This is the most comprehensive English translation of the work of Günter Eich, one of the greatest postwar German poets. The author of the POW poem "Inventory," among one of the most famous lyrics in the German language, Eich was...

  • Landscape with Rowers Landscape with Rowers: Poetry from the Netherlands Edited by J. M. Coetzee

    Though the Netherlands has been the site of vigorous literary activity since at least the Beweging van Vijftig (Movement of the Fifties) poets, the status of Dutch as a "minor" language spoken by only twenty-two million people has kept...