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The Ink Dark Moon
Love Poems by Ono no Komachi and Izumi Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Court of Japan
Written by no Komachi Ono and Izumi Shikibu
Translated by Jane Hirshfield and Mariko Aratani


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 3, 1990
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72958-7 (0-679-72958-5)

One thousand years ago the Heian court of Imperial Japan was one of the most sophisticated cultures on earth. The literature of that classical age is the only one in which the predominant geniuses were women; among the foremost were the two translated in this volume. Ranging from the deeply erotic... Read more >
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If There is Something to Desire
One Hundred Poems
Written by Vera Pavlova
Translated by Steven Seymour


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 10, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71189-3 (0-375-71189-9)

Now in paperback, the widely acclaimed collection of one hundred poems of extraordinarily elegant simplicity by one of the best-selling poets in Russia, whose presence on the American poetry scene is increasingly strong.

Pavlova writes about love (both sexual love and the love that reaches beyond sex); about motherhood; about the memories... Read more >
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Eugene Onegin and Other Poems
and Other Poems
Written by Alexander Pushkin
Translated by Charles Johnston


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: May 18, 1999
Price: $13.50
ISBN: 978-0-375-40672-0 (0-375-40672-7)

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Pure Pagan
Seven Centuries of Greek Poems and Fragments
Translated by Burton Raffel
Introduction by Guy Davenport


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 11, 2005
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6962-7 (0-8129-6962-6)

“For there is indeed something we can call the spirit of ancient Greece–a carefully tuned voice that speaks out of the grave with astonishing clarity and grace , a distinctive voice that, taken as a whole, is like no other voice that has ever sung on this earth.”
BURTON RAFFEL, from his... Read more >
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Ahead of All Parting
The Selected Poetry and Prose of Rainer Maria Rilke
Written by Rainer Maria Rilke
Translated by Stephen Mitchell


Format: Hardcover, 640 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 1, 1995
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-60161-6 (0-679-60161-9)

The reputation of Rainer Maria Rilke has grown steadily since his death in 1926; today he is widely considered to be the greatest poet of the twentieth century. This Modern Library edition presents Stephen Mitchell's acclaimed translations of Rilke, which have won praise for their recreation of the poet's rich formal... Read more >

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Duino Elegies & The Sonnets to Orpheus

Written by Rainer Maria Rilke
Translated by Stephen Mitchell


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 6, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47373-8 (0-307-47373-2)

Available for the first time in a single volume, Ranier Maria Rilke’s two most beloved sequences of poems rendered by his most faithful translator. Rilke is unquestionably the twentieth century’s most significant and compelling poet of romantic transformation and spiritual quest. His poems of ecstatic identification with the world exert perennial... Read more >

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The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge
A Novel
Written by Rainer Maria Rilke


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 27, 1990
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73245-7 (0-679-73245-4)

This is the definitive, widely acclaimed translation of the major prose work of one of our century's greatest poets--Rilke's only novel, extraordinary for its structural uniqueness and purity of language. Malte Laurids Brigge is a young Danish nobleman and poet living in Paris. Obsessed with death and the reality that lurks... Read more >
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Rilke: Poems

Written by Rainer Maria Rilke
Translated by J.B. Leishman


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 22, 1996
Price: $13.50
ISBN: 978-0-679-45098-6 (0-679-45098-X)

This Everyman's Library Pocket Poets hardcover edition contains poems from The Book of Images; New Poems; Requiem for a Friend; Poems, 1906-1926; French Poems; The Life of Mary; Sonnets to Orpheus; The Duino Elegies; Letters to a Young Poet; and an index of first lines. Read more >

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The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke

Written by Rainer Maria Rilke
Edited by Stephen Mitchell
Translated by Stephen Mitchell
Introduction by Robert Hass


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 1989
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72201-4 (0-679-72201-7)

"Perhaps the most beautiful group of poetic translations this century has produced."--Chicago Tribune

"The best single volume edition of Rilke available in English."--Boston Review

"Excellent...it is easy to feel that if Rilke had written in English, he would have written in this English."--The New York Times Book Review Read more >
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Rimbaud Complete

Written by Arthur Rimbaud
Edited by Wyatt Mason
Translated by Wyatt Mason
Introduction by Wyatt Mason


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 14, 2003
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75770-9 (0-375-75770-8)

Enduring icon of creativity, authenticity, and rebellion, and the subject of numerous new biographies, Arthur Rimbaud is one of the most repeatedly scrutinized literary figures of the last half-century. Yet almost thirty years have elapsed without a major new translation of his writings. Remedying this state of affairs is Rimbaud Complete,... Read more >
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Rimbaud: Poems

Written by Arthur Rimbaud


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: April 12, 1994
Price: $13.50
ISBN: 978-0-679-43321-7 (0-679-43321-X)

This Everyman's Library Pocket Poets hardcover edition contains selections from Rimbaud's work, including over 100 poems, selected prose, "Letter to Paul Demeny, May 15, 1871," and an index of first lines. Read more >

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Diaries of Exile

Written by Yannis Ritsos
Translated by Edmund Keeley and Karen Emmerich


Format: Trade Paperback, 120 pages
Publisher: Archipelago
On Sale: January 8, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-935744-58-0 (1-935744-58-5)

Winner of a 2014 PEN Literary Award for Best Poetry in Translation

Yannis Ritsos is a poet whose writing life is entwined with the contemporary history of his homeland. Nowhere is this more apparent than in this volume, which presents a series of three diaries in poetry that Ritsos wrote between 1948... Read more >

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Rossetti: Poems

Written by Christina Rossetti


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: November 2, 1993
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-42908-1 (0-679-42908-5)

This Everyman's Library Pocket Poets hardcover edition contains a full selection of Rossetti's work, including her lyric poems, dramatic and narrative poems, rhymes and riddles, sonnet sequences, prayers and meditations, and an index of first lines. Read more >
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Rumi

Written by Jalal Al-Din Rumi
Edited by Peter Washington


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: June 6, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26352-0 (0-307-26352-5)

The poetry of the medieval Persian sage Rumi combines lyrical beauty with spiritual profundity, a sense of rapture, and acute awareness of human suffering in ways that speak directly to contemporary audiences.

Trained in Sufism—a mystic tradition within Islam—Rumi founded the Sufi order known to us as the Whirling Dervishes, who... Read more >

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If Not, Winter
Fragments of Sappho
Written by Sappho
Translated by Anne Carson


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 2003
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72451-0 (0-375-72451-6)

Of the nine books of lyrics the ancient Greek poet Sappho is said to have composed, only one poem has survived complete. The rest are fragments. In this miraculous new translation, acclaimed poet and classicist Anne Carson presents all of Sappho’s fragments, in Greek and in English, as if on the... Read more >

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The First Poets
Lives of the Ancient Greek Poets
Written by Michael Schmidt


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 14, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72525-8 (0-375-72525-3)

When Michael Schmidt’s last book, Lives of the Poets, was published, Mark Strand called it “a tour de force, an astonishing view of the whole of poetry in English, a superb read.” Now Schmidt brings the same erudition, insight, and élan to The First Poets—the story of the ancient Greeks whose... Read more >
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Bright Moon, White Clouds
Selected Poems of Li Po
Written by Li Po
Translated by J. P. Seaton


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-746-5 (1-59030-746-1)

Li Po (701-762) is considered one of the greatest poets to live during the Tang dynasty–what was considered to be the golden age for Chinese poetry. He was also the first Chinese poet to become well known in the West, and he greatly influenced many American poets during the twentieth century... Read more >

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Cold Mountain Poems
Zen Poems of Han Shan, Shih Te, and Wang Fan-chih
Written by Han Shan
Translated by J.P. Seaton


Format: Trade Paperback, 136 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: January 8, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-905-6 (1-59030-905-7)

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... Read more >

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The Confessions

Written by St. Augustine
Preface by Patricia Hampl


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 29, 1998
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70021-7 (0-375-70021-8)

A Vintage Spiritual Classic

“God is our home but many of us have strayed from our native land. The venerable authors of these Spiritual Classics are expert guides—may we follow their directions home.” —Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Writing in the last years of the fourth century a.d., Saint Augustine of Hippo created what is... Read more >
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The Anchor Book of Sixteenth Century Verse

Edited by Richard D. Sylvester


Format: eBook, 648 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 5, 2013
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-82637-4 (0-307-82637-6)

This comprehensive anthology contains selections from the work of twenty-five poets of the sixteenth century. Employing the original, rather than normalized, texts, the volume includes complete, non-excerpted poems by John Skelton, Philip Sidney and others. The selections - which include such works as 'The Steele Glass'. Richard S. Sylvester examines the... Read more >

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They Carry a Promise
Selected Poems
Written by Janusz Szuber
Translated by Ewa Hryniewicz-Yarbrough


Format: Hardcover, 112 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 19, 2009
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26753-5 (0-307-26753-9)

This bracing collection marks the first appearance in English of the Polish poet Janusz Szuber, hailed as the greatest discovery in Polish poetry of the late twentieth century when, in his late forties, he began publishing the work he’d been producing for almost thirty years. Nobel Laureate Wislawa Szymborska has called... Read more >

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The Aeneid of Virgil

Written by Virgil
Translated by Allen Mandelbaum


Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: September 1, 1981
Price: $5.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21041-5 (0-553-21041-6)

Virgil's great epic transforms the Homeric tradition into a triumphal statement of the Roman civilizing mission. Aeneas flees the ashes of Troy to found the city of Rome and change forever the course of the Western world--as literature as well. Virgil's Aeneid is as eternal as Rome itself, a sweeping epic... Read more >
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The Aeneid

Written by Virgil
Translated by Robert Fitzgerald


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 16, 1990
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72952-5 (0-679-72952-6)

Translated by Robert Fitzgerald.

"Fitzgerald's is so decisively the best modern Aeneid that it is unthinkable that anyone will want to use any other version for a long time to come."--New York Review of Books

"From the beginning to the end of this English poem...the reader will find the same sure control of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Alexander Vvedensky: An Invitation for Me to Think

Written by Alexander Vvedensky
Edited by Eugene Ostashevsky
Translated by Matvei Yankelevich and Eugene Ostashevsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 168 pages
Publisher: NYRB Poets
On Sale: April 2, 2013
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-630-6 (1-59017-630-8)

“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... Read more >
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Haiku

Edited by Peter Washington


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: November 11, 2003
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4128-2 (1-4000-4128-7)

Simple yet capable of great complexity, the haiku is a tightly structured verse form that has a remarkable power to distill the essence of a moment keenly perceived. For centuries confined to a small literary elite in Japan, the writing of haiku is now practiced all over the world by those... Read more >
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