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My latest obsession is German poet Peter Huchel. You may have noted that Anvil Press's bilingual edition of his selected poems, translated by the marvelous Michael Hamburger, The Garden of Theophrastus, is one of my Books of the Week. (Actually, that's the second Anvil book in a row: last week it was Nikos Gatsos's Amorgos). And I'm eagerly awaiting Libris's In Time of Need to land. This is a "conversation about Poetry, Resistance and Exile" between German poet, and friend of Peter Huchel, Reiner Kunze, and Huchel's French translator Mireille Gansel, which addresses, to some extent, Hölderlin's question, "What use are poets in time of need?" I will be reviewing In Time of Need for PN Review next month. Reiner Kunze's work in English translation is, sad to say, well out of print.

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