A Poetry Daily Prose Feature:
"...if Leopardi's book of songs, the Canti, was 'one of the most influential works of the nineteenth century,' as Jonathan Galassi writes in the introduction to his translation, its influence was owed in part to the amount of resistance it generated. For Leopardi is the supreme poet of passive, helpless suffering—a writer who constantly reiterated in verse and prose that in human life 'there is everything to be endured, nothing to be done.'"
—Adam Kirsch, Under the Volcano: Giacomo Leopardi
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"... passionate, lifelong commitment to intellectual and spiritual inquiry:"
Distant Neighbors: The Selected Letters of Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder, edited by Chad Wriglesworth, reviewed by Gary Ferguson. (Los Angeles Review of Books)
"bibble, fittle, tay, wum, / vowels ferrous as nails, consonants / you could lick the coal from"
Liz Berry's Black Country, winner of the Forward prize for best first collection, reviewed by Ben Wilkinson. (The Guardian)
"Picture the pre-Trojan War equivalent of the Avengers..."
Michael Dirda on Jason and the Argonauts, a new translation, by Aaron Poochigian, of Apollonius of Rhodes’s Argonautica. (The Washington Post)
Recently Arrived Titles
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- At the Edge of the Orchard Country, Robert Morgan (Press 53)
- Essays After Eighty, Donald Hall (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
- Birds on the Kiswar Tree, Odi Gonzales / tr. Lynn Levin (2 Leaf Press)
- Architecture for Travelers: Poems and Travelogue, Joshua Edwards (Edition Solitude)
- But Today Is Different, Sarah Stern (Resource Publications)
- The Next Unknown, Leonore Hildebrandt (Pecan Grove Press)
- A Third Instance: Three Chapbooks, Rosa Alcalá, Craig Watson, Elisabeth Whitehead (Instance Press)
- Mary: A Life in Verse, Patricia Monaghan (Dos Madres Press)
- In Lands Imagination Favors, Don Schofield (Dos Madres Press)
- Face Painting in the Dark, Ann Cefola (Dos Madres Press)
- Where Are the Trees Going?, Vénus Khoury-Ghata / tr. Marilyn Hacker (Curbstone Poetry)
- Middle Class American Proverb, John Davis Jr. (Negative Capability Press)
- Departures, Philip C. Kolin (Negative Capability Press)
- Song X: New and Selected Poems, Patrick Pritchett (Talisman House)
- Beneath the Ice: An Anthology of Contemporary Icelandic Poetry, Helen Mitsios (Talisman House)
- I Am Going to Fly through Glass: Selected Poems of Harold Norse, Harold Norse, ed. Todd Swindell (Talisman House)
- As a Bee, Simon Pettet (Talisman House)
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