Since April is poetry month I thought I would share a few of the poetry collections that I intend to read and write about this month.
I have two poetry books from my favorite small press, Seagull Books. The first is a collection entitled in field Latin by German author Lutz Seiler and translated by Alexander Booth. Seiler grew up in the former East Germany and his poetry is full of images that deal with the borders and boundaries of landscapes.
Things that Happen and Other Poems by the Bengali poet Bhaskar Chakrabarti , also published by Seagull Books, has been translated by Arunava Sinha. A deep sense of melancholy pervades Chakrabarti’s poems.
I am especially looking forward to the collection of poetry entitled 1917: Stories and Poems from the Russian Revolution. This volume was edited by Boris Dralyuk whom I had the great fortune to interview about his translation of Odessa Stories.
I also have a collection of poetry from Ugly Duckling Presse entitled The Happy End/All Welcome by Monica de la Torre. The setting for these poems is a job fair by the Nature Theater of Oklahoma from Kafka’s unfinished novel Amerika. So far I have found the first few poems to be both clever and witty.
Finally, I intend to read Dante’s The New Life translated by Dante Gabriel Rossetti which was reissued by The New York Review of Books Poetry. I have not taken the time to read any Dante in quite a while so I am particularly looking forward to reading this work.
What is everyone else reading for poetry month?