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Collected Poems

Written by Chinua Achebe


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 10, 2004
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7658-1 (1-4000-7658-7)

In this moving and powerful collection of poetry, acclaimed African writer Chinua Achebe deploys his prodigious literary gifts to produce verse that ranges from an account of the tragedy of Biafra to an appeal to African consciousness, from a gentle mockery of tradition to a recollection of personal relationships. Achebe's poems... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Art of Haiku
Its History through Poems and Paintings by Japanese Masters
Written by Stephen Addiss


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: August 28, 2012
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-886-8 (1-59030-886-7)

In the past hundred years, haiku has gone far beyond its Japanese origins to become a worldwide phenomenon—with the classic poetic form growing and evolving as it has adapted to the needs of the whole range of languages and cultures that have embraced it. This proliferation of the joy of haiku... Read more >

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Anna Akhmatova

Written by Anna Akhmatova
Edited by Peter Washington


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: May 16, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26424-4 (0-307-26424-6)

A legend in her own time both for her brilliant poetry and for her resistance to oppression, Anna Akhmatova—denounced by the Soviet regime for her “eroticism, mysticism, and political indifference”—is one of the greatest Russian poets of the twentieth century.

Before the revolution, Akhmatova was a wildly popular young poet who lived... Read more >

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Indian Love Poems

Edited by Meena Alexander


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: January 25, 2005
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4225-8 (1-4000-4225-9)

Beginning with the Kama Sutra, the erotic handbook written more than two thousand years ago, this gathering of poems ranges up to present-day India and the poets of the Indian diaspora: from the 12th-century female poet Mahadeviyakka to the early-20th-century Nobel Prize-winning Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore to such contemporary poets as... Read more >

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Dante
Poet of the Secular World
Written by Erich Auerbach
Translated by Ralph Manheim
Introduction by Michael Dirda


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: January 16, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-219-3 (1-59017-219-1)

A precursor and companion to Erich Auerbach’s majestic Mimesis, DANTE: POET OF THE SECULAR WORLD is both a comprehensive introduction to the work of one of the greatest poets and a brilliantly provocative and stimulating essay in the history of ideas. Here Auerbach, acclaimed by writers and scholars as various as... Read more >

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The Random House Book of 20th Century French Poetry

Written by Paul Auster


Format: Trade Paperback, 690 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1984
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-71748-7 (0-394-71748-1)

"Indispensable...a book that everyone interested in modern poetry should have close to hand, a source of renewable delights and discoveries, a book that will long claim our attention...To my knowledge, no current anthology is as full and as deftly edited."--Peter Brooks, The New York Times Book Review

"One of the freshest and... Read more >

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A Book of Women Poets from Antiquity to Now

Edited by Aliki Barnstone and Willis Barnstone


Format: Trade Paperback, 848 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: April 28, 1992
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-0997-6 (0-8052-0997-2)

This is a monument to the literary genius of women throughout the ages. Here in one volume are the works of three hundred poets from six different countries and four millennia. This revised edition includes a newly expanded section of American poets from the colonial era to the present. Contributors include... Read more >

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The Anchor Book of Chinese Poetry
From Ancient to Contemporary, The Full 3000-Year Tradition
Edited by Tony Barnstone and Chou Ping


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 8, 2005
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72198-1 (0-385-72198-6)

Unmatched in scope and literary quality, The Anchor Book of Chinese Poetry spans three thousand years, bringing together more than six hundred poems by more than one hundred thirty poets, in translations—many new and exclusive to the book—by an array of distinguished translators.

Here is the grand sweep of Chinese poetry, from... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Chinese Erotic Poems

Edited by Tony Barnstone and Chou Ping


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 16, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26567-8 (0-307-26567-6)

The ancient Chinese tradition of erotic poetry has been largely ignored in the west. Now, a vast continent of sensual verse is opened to us with this glorious collection spanning nearly three thousand years and including many poems never before translated into English.

Tony Barnstone and Chou Ping have brought together... Read more >

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Moon Woke Me Up Nine Times
Selected Haiku of Basho
Written by Matsuo Basho
Translated by David Young


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 2, 2013
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-96200-3 (0-307-96200-8)

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... Read more >
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Lorca & Jimenez
Selected Poems
Translated by Robert Bly


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 30, 1997
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6213-5 (0-8070-6213-8)

A unique gathering of poems by two great twentieth-century poets, with the original Spanish versions and powerful English translations on facing pages. In a new preface, editor and translator Robert Bly explores what the poems reveal today about politics, the spirit, and the purpose of art. Read more >

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Mirabai
Ecstatic Poems
Translated by Robert Bly and Jane Hirshfield


Format: Trade Paperback, 120 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 2009
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6387-3 (0-8070-6387-8)

Mirabai is a literary and spiritual figure of legendary proportions. Born a princess in the region of Rajasthan in 1498, Mira (as she is more commonly known) eschewed the marriage her royal family had arranged for her, celebrating instead her right to independence and intense devotion to Krishna in both her... Read more >
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The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Written by Robert Browning


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: November 2, 1993
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-42812-1 (0-679-42812-7)

Robert Browning’s famous verse retelling of the medieval legend of the Pied Piper is renowned for its humor and vivid wordplay. When the selfish townspeople of Hamelin refuse to pay the piper for spiriting away the hordes of rats that had plagued them, he exacts his revenge by luring away their... Read more >

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Bulfinch's Mythology

Written by Thomas Bulfinch
Foreword by Alberto Manguel


Format: Trade Paperback, 888 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 11, 1998
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75147-9 (0-375-75147-5)

For almost a century and a half, Bulfinch's Mythology has been the text by which the great tales of the gods and goddesses, Greek and Roman antiquity; Scandinavian, Celtic, and Oriental fables and myths; and the age of chivalry have been known.

The stories are divided into three sections: The Age... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a paperback.

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Scottish Poems

Edited by Gerard Carruthers


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: January 6, 2009
Price: $13.50
ISBN: 978-0-307-26971-3 (0-307-26971-X)

Asweeping literary tour of Scotland from the Middle Ages to the present, the only single-volume collection of Scottish poetry currently available.

Scottish poetry has a long and distinguished history in three languages—English, Scots, and Gaelic—and all are well represented here. The most renowned and beloved poets—Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis... Read more >

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The Beauty of the Husband
A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos
Written by Anne Carson


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 19, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70757-5 (0-375-70757-3)

This clear-eyed, brutal, moving, darkly funny book tells a single story in an immediate, accessible voice–29 “tangos” of narrative verse that take us vividly through erotic, painful, and heartbreaking scenes from a long-time marriage that falls apart. Only award-winning poet Anne Carson could create a work that takes on the oldest... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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C. P. Cavafy: The Unfinished Poems

Written by C.P. Cavafy
Translated by Daniel Mendelsohn


Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 7, 2009
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26546-3 (0-307-26546-3)

A remarkable discovery, an extraordinary literary event: the never-before translated unfinished poems of the great Alexandrian Greek poet Constantine Cavafy, published for the first time in English alongside a revelatory new rendering of the Collected Poems—translated and annotated by the renowned critic, classicist, and award-winning author of The Lost.

When he died... Read more >

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Complete Poems

Written by C.P. Cavafy
Translated by Daniel Mendelsohn


Format: Trade Paperback, 752 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 22, 2012
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70089-7 (0-375-70089-7)

An extraordinary literary event: Daniel Mendelsohn’s acclaimed two-volume translation of the complete poems of C. P. Cavafy—including the first English translation of the poet’s final Unfinished Poems—now published in one handsome edition and featuring the fullest literary commentaries available in English, by the renowned critic, scholar, and international best-selling author of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Even Now
Poems by Hugo Claus
Written by Hugo Claus
Afterword by Cees Nooteboom
Translated by David Colmer


Format: Trade Paperback, 220 pages
Publisher: Archipelago
On Sale: November 12, 2013
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-1-935744-88-7 (1-935744-88-7)

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... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Stranger Music
Selected Poems and Songs
Written by Leonard Cohen


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 1, 1994
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75541-8 (0-679-75541-1)

For the first time in paperback—the selected work of the legendary singer, poet, and performer. Stranger Music presents a magnificent cross-section of Cohen’s work—including 11 previously unpublished poems—and demonstrates definitively that Cohen is a writer of dazzling intelligence and a force that transcends genres. Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Inferno

Written by Dante
Translated by Allen Mandelbaum


Format: Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1982
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21339-3 (0-553-21339-3)

Uniting the most powerful energies of popular culture and the magnificent gothic edifice of Medieval scholasticism, Dante created a new language that combined an intense lyricism with the intellectual seriousness demanded of his project—nothing less than the creation of a Christian epic addressed to the common reader. Dante's synthesis of epic... Read more >

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Inferno

Written by Dante
Edited by Matthew Pearl
Translated by Henry W. Longfellow
Introduction by Lino Pertile


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 4, 2003
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6721-0 (0-8129-6721-6)

In 1867, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow completed the first American translation of Inferno and thus introduced Dante’s literary genius to the New World. In the Inferno, the spirit of the classical poet Virgil leads Dante through the nine circles of Hell on the initial stage of his journey toward Heaven. Along the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, paperback, paperback, trade paperback and a trade paperback.

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The Inferno

Written by Dante
Translated by Robert Hollander and Jean Hollander


Format: Trade Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 8, 2002
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49698-8 (0-385-49698-2)

Robert Hollander, a renowned scholar and master teacher of Dante, and Jean Hollander, an accomplished poet, have written a beautifully accurate and clear verse translation of the first part of Dante’s epic poem, The Divine Comedy. Featuring the original Italian opposite the translation, this edition also offers an extensive and accessible... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Paradiso

Written by Dante
Translated by Robert Hollander and Jean Hollander


Format: Trade Paperback, 1024 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 9, 2008
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3115-3 (1-4000-3115-X)

With his journeys through Hell and Purgatory complete, Dante is at last led by his beloved Beatrice to Paradise. Where his experiences in the Inferno and Purgatorio were arduous and harrowing, this is a journey of comfort, revelation, and, above all, love-both romantic and divine.

Robert Hollander is a Dante scholar... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a paperback.

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Purgatorio

Written by Dante
Translated by Jean Hollander and Robert Hollander


Format: Trade Paperback, 848 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 6, 2004
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49700-8 (0-385-49700-8)

”The Hollanders have rendered both the supple lyricism and the rich imagery of the Purgatorio with an admirably informed expertise. . . . A model for all translators.” —The Literary Review

“The Hollanders’ translation . . . seems the most accessible and the closest to the Italian. . . . The provision... Read more >
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