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Written by HORACE
Edited by PAUL QUARRIE

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages

Publisher: Everyman's Library

On Sale: 01/05/2016

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-90767-2

This wide-ranging selection showcases the work of one of ancient Rome’s master poets—and originator of the phrase “carpe diem”—whose influence on poetry can be traced through the centuries into our own time.

Quintus Horatius Flaccus, who lived from 65 to 8 BCE, saw the death of the Roman Republic and the beginning of the Roman Empire and was personally acquainted with the emperor Augustus and the poet Virgil. He was famous during his lifetime and since for his odes and epodes, for his satires...

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Written by OSIP MANDELSTAM
Translator ANDREW DAVIS

Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages

Publisher: NYRB Poets

On Sale: 01/05/2016

Price: $12.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17910-9

Osip Mandelstam is one of the greatest of twentieth-century poets and Voronezh Notebooks, a sequence of poems composed between 1935 and 1937 when he was living in internal exile in the Soviet city of Voronezh, is his last and most exploratory work. Meditating on death and survival, on power and poetry, on marriage, madness, friendship, and memory, challenging Stalin between lines that are full of the sights and sounds of the steppes, blue sky and black earth, the roads, winter breath, spring...

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Written by SANDRA CISNEROS

Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 04/28/2015

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-87250-5

From much-beloved, bestselling author Sandra Cisneros comes a vibrantly beautiful collection of poems. First published in 1987, in My Wicked Wicked WaysCisneros embraces her first passion—verse—in poems remarkable for their plainspoken radiance. In lines both comic and sad, the author of The House on Mango Street deftly—and dazzlingly—explores the human experience. For those familiar with Cisneros only from her fiction, My Wicked Wicked Ways shows the acclaimed author in an entirely new...

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Written by SILVINA OCAMPO
Translator JASON WEISS

Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages

Publisher: NYRB Poets

On Sale: 01/27/2015

Price: $14.00

ISBN: 978-1-590-17774-7

Silvina Ocampo possessed her own special enchantment as a poet, and only now is her extraordinary poetic achievement becoming more widely recognized beyond Latin America.

Remarkably, this is the first collection of Ocampo’s poetry to appear in English. From her early sonnets on the native Argentine landscape, to her meditations on love’s travails, to her explorations of the kinship between plant and animal realms, to her clairvoyant inquiries into history and myth and memory, readers will...

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TIBETAN BUDDHIST POEMS OF INSIGHT AND AWAKENING

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Shambhala

On Sale: 02/10/2014

Price: $22.95

ISBN: 978-1-570-62911-2

     The first major anthology of Tibetan spiritual poetry available in the West, Songs of Spiritual Experience offers original translations of fifty-two poems from all the traditions and schools of Tibetan Buddhism, spanning the eleventh to the twentieth centuries. These poems communicate spiritual insight with grace and precision, addressing the themes of impermanence, solitude, guru devotion, emptiness, mystic consciousness, and the path of awakening. Also included here is a thorough...

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Written by FRANZ KAFKA
Translator STANLEY CORNGOLD

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Modern Library

On Sale: 11/26/2013

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98514-6

Translated, edited, and with an Introduction by Stanley Corngold
Featuring essays by Philip Roth, W. H Auden, and Walter Benjamin

“When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.” With this startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny first sentence, Franz Kafka begins his masterpiece, The Metamorphosis. It is the story of a young man who, transformed overnight into a giant beetlelike insect, becomes an object of disgrace...

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POEMS BY HUGO CLAUS
Written by HUGO CLAUS
Translator DAVID COLMER

Format: Trade Paperback, 220 pages

Publisher: Archipelago

On Sale: 11/12/2013

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-1-935-74488-7

Beautifully translated from the Dutch by David Colmer, the IMPAC Award-winning translator of Gerbrand Bakker’s The Twin, Hugo Claus’s poems are remarkable for their dexterity, intensity of feeling, and acute intelligence. From the richly associative and referential “Oostakker Poems” to the emotional and erotic outpouring of the “mad dog stanzas” in “Morning, You,” from his interpretations of Shakespeare’s sonnets to a modern adaptation of a Sanskrit masterpiece, this volume reveals the...

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SELECTED POEMS
Written by ANTJIE KROG

Format: Hardcover, 176 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 05/07/2013

Price: $23.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80463-3

One of South Africa’s greatest living poets selects from her most recent poems and also from the poems and the themes that best represent her from across her long career.

Part One of Skinned contains poems about writing, family and love poems. The poems in second part were chosen from a volume featuring a long epic poem based on the life of Lady Anne Barnard from Scotland, who accompanied her husband to Cape Town and lived in the castle there from 1797 until 1802. This volume was written...

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SELECTED HAIKU OF BASHO
Written by MATSUO BASHO
Translator DAVID YOUNG

Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 04/02/2013

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-96200-3

Vivid new translations of Basho's popular haiku, in a selected format ideal for newcomers as well as fans long familiar with the Japanese master.

Basho, the famously bohemian traveler through seventeenth-century Japan, is a poet attuned to the natural world as well as humble human doings; "Piles of quilts/ snow on distant mountains/ I watch both," he writes. His work captures both the profound loneliness of one observing mind and the broad-ranging joy he finds in our connections to the larger...

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Written by MIGUEL HERNANDEZ
Translator DON SHARE

Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages

Publisher: NYRB Poets

On Sale: 04/02/2013

Price: $12.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17629-0

Miguel Hernández is, along with Antonio Machado, Juan Ramón Jiménez, and Federico García Lorca, one of the greatest Spanish poets of the twentieth century. This volume spans the whole of Hernández’s brief writing life, and includes his most celebrated poems, from the early lyrics written in traditional forms, such as the moving elegy Hernández wrote to his friend and mentor Ramon Sijé (one of the most famous elegies ever written in the Spanish language), to the spiritual eroticism of his...

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Format: Trade Paperback, 168 pages

Publisher: NYRB Poets

On Sale: 04/02/2013

Price: $12.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17630-6

“I raise[d] my hand against concepts,” wrote Alexander Vvedensky, “I enacted a poetic critique of reason.” This weirdly and wonderfully philosophical poet was born in 1904, grew up in the midst of war and revolution, and reached his artistic maturity as Stalin was twisting the meaning of words in grotesque and lethal ways. Vvedensky–with Daniil Kharms the major figure in the short—lived underground avant-garde group OBERIU (a neologism for “the union for real art”)–responded with a poetry...

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ZEN POEMS OF HAN SHAN, SHIH TE, AND WANG FAN-CHIH
Written by HAN SHAN
Translator J.P. SEATON

Format: Trade Paperback, 136 pages

Publisher: Shambhala

On Sale: 01/08/2013

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-30905-6

Popularized in the West by Beat Generation writers Gary Snyder and Jack Kerouac, T’ang-era rebel poet Han Shan is an icon of Chinese poetry and Zen. He and his sidekick, Shih Te, are known as the laughing, ragged pair who left their poetry on stones, trees, farmhouses, and monastery walls, calling others to “the Cold Mountain way” of simple, honest, joyful living.

J. P. Seaton takes a fresh look at these poets, as well as at Wang Fan-chih, who followed in the outsider tradition a few...

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