Moving Targets: On Poets, Poetry & Translation

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El León Literary Arts, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 243 pages
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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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About the author (2008)

Stephen Kessler is the author of eight previous books and chapbooks of original poetry, fourteen books of literary translation, and a collection of essays. He was a founding editor and publisher of Alcatraz, an international journal, and The Sun, a Santa Cruz newsweekly, among other periodicals and independent publishing ventures. He received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Lambda Literary Award for his translation of WRITTEN IN WATER: THE COLLECTED PROSE POEMS of Luis Cernuda, and is a four-time winner of the California Library Association's PR Excellence Award for The Redwood Coast Review, the quarterly literary newspaper he founded and has edited since 1999.

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