Against the Forgetting: Selected Poems

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New Directions Publishing, 2004 - Poetry - 178 pages
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Against the Forgetting presents the work of an important twentieth-century Dutch poet, Hans Faverey. The first extensive selection of his poetry in English, this collection brings together poems from his eight published volumes of poetry spanning the years 1968 to 1990—the last volume, Default, he received only two days before his death. In addition, a selection of poems from a posthumous collection, Spring Foxes, first published in Holland in 2000, is also included. The translator Francis Jones writes, "Hans Faverey left behind a poetic structure of uniquely subtle richness and beauty, made from so little—a few words, surrounded by silence." Filled with a precision and arresting musicality comparable to the hermetic poems of Celan and Bronk, and as mysterious as the writings of Heraclitus and the German mystic Meister Eckhart, Faverey's poems, like Lichtenberg's lightning frozen in time, lash out, splintering systems and syntax—enlightening.
 

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Contents

from Cape Lava
21
from Hommage a Sapio
30
Chrysanthemums Rowers
40
from LlGHTFALL LlCHTVAL 1981
47
from Lightfall
63
Girolamo Cavazzoni who disappeared in context
71
from The
80
from My Little Finger
92
from TROUBLESOME GODS HINDERLIJKE GODEN 1985
111
from Troublesome Gods
117
To be able to lash out
135
from Sequence Against Death
142
from Persephone Resurrected
147
from A Watering
157
from SPRING FOXES SPRINGVOSSEN 2000
163
TRANSLATORS NOTES
173

from Unhomely Glow Worm
99
from Thresholds
105

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Eliot Weinberger is an essayist and translator, the editor of The New Directions Anthology of Classical Chinese Poetry, and the series editor of Calligrams: Writings from and on China (New York Review Books and Chinese University of Hong Kong Press). He lives in New York City.

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