Contemporary East European Poetry: An Anthology

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Emery Edward George
Ardis, 1983 - East European poetry - 456 pages
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Providing a unique window into a poetic tradition little known and little understood in the West, Contemporary East European Poetry features one hundred and thirty poets from ten countries, with works translated from fifteen languages. Emery George, himself a distinguished poet and translator, here brings together over five hundred poems expertly rendered into beautiful, English verse by ninety translators, often working in collaboration with the original author. Represented are poets from many walks of life, contrasting religious and political outlooks, those working at home and in exile, and most importantly, poets who work in a wide variety of styles--from traditional forms to the most up-to-date experimental modes. Here are tightly woven Petrarchan sonnets and dramatic monologues alongside the free verse and mathematical experiments of a new generation. Preference is given throughout to the genuinely lyrical, to work that stresses the inventive use of language and the poet's tools and craftsmanship.The years of the 1960s and 1970s, filled as they were with the winds of change--both in society and in art--constitute the heart of this volume. There are poets both young and old, living and, in some cases, recently deceased. Poets born before 1940 are featured next to senior figures whose first distinguished work may date as far back as the twenties and thirties, but whose influence and works remained central during the two decades on which the collection focuses. While most of the poems are appearing here in English for the very first time, all are freshly translated for this volume. Earlier English versions, when they exist, appear side-by-side with the newly translated poem.There is no other volume available that even approaches the scope of Contemporary East European Poetry. For lovers of poetry and literature, and for those simply interested in a rich culture so long cut off from the world at large, it offers a wealth of insights and opportunities for discovery.

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Excellent for the most part. Some weaker poems and many I didn't like, but that's to be expected in an anthology this size. I suspect some of the translations weren't as good as they should be, but that's merely a suspicion--I have nothing to base it on other than gut feeling. Read full review

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This book originally appeared in 1983 in an Ardis Publishers edition. In this new edition, poet-translator George adds an "update'' section of 32 poets, all born since 1945 and not included in the ... Read full review

Contents

ESTONIAN
3
UkuMasing
10
Aleksis Rannit
16
Ivar Griinthal
22
PaulEerik Rummo
30
Gunars Salins
43
Imants Ziedonis
59
Marls Caklais
62
Antonin Bartusek
215
Miroslav Valek
228
Anna Hajnal
242
Agnes Nemes Nagy
257
Gabor Gorgey
264
Agnes Gergely
270
Marton Kalasz
276
Judit Toth
287

V
69
Henrikas Nagys
75
Justinas Marcinkevicius
81
Sigitas Geda
93
POLISH
101
Czeshw Mtfosz
107
Tymoteusz Karpowicz
116
Miron Biatoszewski
123
Zbigniew Herbert
133
Wiktor Woroszylski
139
Ryszard Krynicki
147
EAST GERMAN
153
Peter Huchel
160
Johannes Bobrowski
167
Harms Cibulka
174
Giinter Kunert
177
Heinz Czechowski
185
Kurt Bartsch
191
CZECHOSLOVAK
199
Vladimir Holan
205
ROMANIAN
293
Lucian Blaga
301
Virgil Teodorescu
304
Veronica Porumbacu
314
Nichita Stanescu
324
Marin Sorescu
334
loan Alexandra
340
YUGOSLAV
349
Slavko Mihalic
361
Aco Sopov
367
Lalic
376
Gregor Strnisa
389
Bozhidar Bozhilov
404
Lyubomir Levchev
412
Luchezar Elenkov
421
YIDDISH
427
Jacob Glatstein
433
Mani Leib
439
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