The Unknown University

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New Directions Publishing, Jul 11, 2013 - Poetry - 835 pages
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A deluxe edition of Bolano’s complete poetry

Perhaps surprisingly to some of his fiction fans, Roberto Bolano touted poetry as the superior art form, able to approach an infinity in which “you become infinitely small without disappearing.” When asked, “What makes you believe you’re a better poet than a novelist?” Bolano replied, “The poetry makes me blush less.” The sum of his life’s work in his preferred medium, The Unknown University is a showcase of Bolano’s gift for freely crossing genres, with poems written in prose, stories in verse, and flashes of writing that can hardly be categorized. “Poetry,” he believed, “is braver than anyone.”

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User Review  - Christopher Howard - Goodreads

Any honest collection of poetry--and what should poetry be but honest--will read more like a collection of who its author is than like what its author is capable of. This isn't such a radical ... Read full review

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User Review  - Peter Evans - Goodreads

A collection that is never 'finished' for me as a reader.. simply shelved till next time I reach for it. Superb. Read full review

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Laura Healy has received a Master’s in Spanish from Harvard. She is the managing editor of Harvard Review and the web editor of Zoland Poetry.

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