This, the first English-language publication of the poetry of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo, commemorates fallen comrades killed during the Tiananmen Square Massacre on June 4, 1989 and looks to the current state of human rights in China, a country "used to memorializing tombs as palaces." With Liu currently serving an eleven-year sentence for "incitement to subvert state power," opportunites to read his work should be cherished and celebrated.
Disarmingly amiable, former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins hides an intricate intellectual etiquette behind the easy-going surface of his poems. His works are not only enjoyable, but memorable, too, as this characteristically mordant new collection proves.
This new collection of poems by 1996 Nobel Laureate Wislawa Szymborska illuminates private memory and the wider world with the piercing, reflective light of her seemingly casual glance. She can ponder the cosmos, then add a side of fries, with an ease and artistry that evokes the meaning human beings eternally chase.
difficult / to get the news from poems / yet men die miserably every day / for
lack / of what is found there," wrote William Carlos Williams. This rich
anthology, the first to collect representative works from all of America’s poet
laureates, is filled with poetic news from Robert Frost to Rita Dove to Billy
Collins to Kay Ryan, which make it life-affirming in a profound way.
"Richard Wilbur's imagination has regarded life in the bud—the seedling, the fledgling, the sprout, the egg," writes Mary Jo Salter of the nearly 90-year-old poet's latest volume. "His flowering never ceases to unfold." Wilbur's late poems, distilled to simplicity from a lifetime of intricate meters and imagery, are epitomes of lyric inspiration.
May 20: Blue jeans celebrate their unofficial 140th birthday today, the dry goods merchant Levi Strauss and the tailor Jacob Davis receiving a patent on May 20, 1873 for "a new article of manufacture, a pair of pantaloons having the…