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Written by Louise LabeAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Louise Labe
Preface by Karin LessingAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Karin Lessing
Afterword by Richard SieburthAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Richard Sieburth
Translated by Richard SieburthAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Richard Sieburth

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On Sale: April 08, 2014
Pages: 144 | ISBN: 978-1-59017-748-8
Published by : NYRB Poets New York Review Books
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Synopsis

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Louise Labé, one of the most original poets of the French Renaissance, published her complete Works around the age of thirty and then disappeared from history. Rediscovered in the nineteenth century, her incandescent love sonnets were later translated into German by Rilke and appear here in a revelatory new English version by the award-winning translator Richard Sieburth.
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“The deeply learned Louise Labé knew well the love poetry of Sappho, Propertius, Ovid, and Petrarch, but she herself joined the ranks of these great Western tossers and turners by breaking with convention. Across five centuries, thanks to Richard Sieburth’s beautiful translations, her urgent voice, her embodied images, and her rapid, somehow breathless, lines come to us as if they were spoken yesterday.” --Susan Stewart

“Richard Sieburth has captured the vigor, intensity, and vernacular tang of Louise Labé’s startling poems. He has turned the ‘rhymed cordage  as twined and tensile as rope’ of the fabled Belle Cordière, daughter of a ropemaker, into spirited poems in English.” --Rosanna Warren                

"[Labé] laments for one alone, but the whole of nature unites with them: it is the lament for one who is eternal." — Rainer Maria Rilke
 
“A great poet, perhaps one of the greatest of all time.” —The Polar Bear, a character in Samuel Beckett’s Dream of Fair to middling Women

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