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Blog entries on '13 April 2006'

Thursday 13 April 2006

Modern European Poetry

My new favourite poetry book, first published by Bantam in 1966, and sadly out of print as far as I can tell, is Modern European Poetry. Edited by Willis Barnstone (with the assistance of seven other experts in their respective fields - Patricia Terry, Arthur S Wensinger, Kimon Friar, Sonia Raiziss, Alfredo De Palchi, George Reavey, Angel Flores), and six years in the making, this is an astonishing anthology of modern French, German, Greek, Italian, Russian and Spanish poetry which contains poems by every important European poet, including Nobel Prize-winners Pasternak, Quasimodo, Seferis and Aleixandre. "The work of virtually every European poet in the languages represented was considered before the final selection was made." Does anyone make books this well any more? An amazing resource. (Brought to my attention by Michael Hamburger in the introduction to his The Truth of Poetry: Tensions in Modern Poetry from Baudelaire to the 1960's.)

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Thursday 13 April 2006

Beckett birthday

Fathoms from Anywhere, an online Beckett exhibition, went live today because today, of course, is the hundred year anniversary of Big Sam's birth. I'll be working on the RSB Samuel Beckett minisite, if I get a moment, over the weekend.

Posted by Mark Thwaite
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Omens, after Alexander Pushkin

I rode to meet you: dreams
like living beings swarmed around me
and the moon on my right side
followed me, burning.

I rode back: everything changed.
My soul in love was sad
and the moon on my left side
trailed me without hope.

To such endless impressions
we poets give ourselves absolutely,
making, in silence, omen of mere event,
until the world reflects the deepest needs of the soul.

-- Louise Gluck
Averno (Carcanet Press)

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