Moving Targets: On Poets, Poetry & Translation
Cultural Writing. Literary Criticism. Essays. Essayist for more than thirty years in Northern California's liveliest periodicals, Stephen Kessler here presents a selection of his deeply informed and informative writings on poets, poetry, and translation. Rooted in the literary culture of the west coast (Kenneth Rexroth, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Charles Bukowski) and radiating outward across the United States (Denise Levertov, W. S. Merwin, Frank O'Hara) to Latin America and beyond (Ernesto Cardenal, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Yehuda Amichai), Kessler's articulately accessible vision in MOVING TARGETS speaks to both the knowledgeable and the newcomer. His concluding essays on the art of translation, "antiwarism," radio as a poetic medium, and inspiration also offer provocative insights into the process of writing, reading, and appreciating poetry. Stephen Kessler's poetry collections available from SPD include AFTER MODIGLIANI and TELL IT TO THE RABBIS AND OTHER POEMS, 1977-2000.
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