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In Beauty Bright

In Beauty Bright by Gerald Stern

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Having never read Gerald Stern’s poetry before, I took This Time: New and Selected Poems out from the library. The book won the National Book Award in 1998, and it deserves it; the poems are consistently charming, witty, disarmingly beautiful, and full of a kind of tongue-in-cheek, Eastern European wisdom and worldliness that seems part Isaac Bashevis Singer, and part Lenny Bruce.

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Bewilderment

“Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations” by David Ferry

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David Ferry’s Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations is a necessary book. I was sad when I finished it, and hungry to return and re-read. Still, the phrase “poems and translations” seems unfortunate. In Bewilderment, the two genres – the writing of poetry, and the writing of translations of poetry – are so seamlessly intertwined, thematically and stylistically, that one is compelled to ask the question, What is the difference between poetry and translation?

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