No 5 - 1982
Books Received and Recommended
Homero Aridjis: Exaltation of Light. (BOA Editions. Brockport, NY 1981) ed. & trans. Eliot Weinberger. A review should appear in Shearsman 6. $4.95 GD
Tom Bridwell: Anacoluthon (Pentagrarn Press, Markesan, Wisconsin. 1980) BS
Guy Davenport: Eclogues - 8 Stories. (North Point Press, San Francisco 1981. ) $7.50 NYSSPA
Guy Davenport: The Geography of the Imagination - 40 Essays. (North Point. San Francisco, 1981.) $10.00 NYSSPA
- 2 vital books by a master writer. Worth every cent.
Jacques Dupin: The Growing Dark (Twofold, Paris 1981) NK
trans. Stephen Romer. £l.50
Odysseus Elytis: Maria Nephele - A poem in two voices. (Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1981.) $10.00 trans. Athan Anagnastopoulos. Important book.
The most recent work published by the 1979 Nobel winner.
Theodore Enslin: The Fifth Direction (Pentagram Press 1980) BS
Theodore Enslin: Tailings (Pentagram Press 1978) BS
Michael Hamburger: Variations (Carcanet New Press, Manchester, 1981)
Good new collection, but one which repeats the much published TRAVELLING sequence. Alongside is a new (good) sequence, IN SUFFOLK. £2.95
David Ignatow: Whisper to the Earth (Atlantic - Little Brown. Boston & Toronto 1981). $6.95
Half prose poems, half verse. Fine poetry.
Philip Jenkins: On the Beach with Eugene Boudin (Transgravity Press Deal, Kent. 1978) NK £1.25
Osip Mandelstam: Stone (Princeton U.P. Princeton, N.J. / Guidford, Surrey, 1981) Ed. & Trans. Robert Tracy $7.95
Have severe doubts about this book. Valuable critical edition of the complete (expanded) STONE, but I don’t like the English versions.
Robert Marteau: Salamander / Selected Poems. (Princeton U.P 1979) Ed. & Trans. Ann Winters $4.95
A dense, elusive poetry from a fine French poet resident in Montréal. Highly recommended.
Christopher Middleton: Carminalenia (Carcanet New Press, 1980) £3.95
Gil Ott: Maize (Pentagram Press 1980) BS $4.00
Michael Palmer: Notes for Echo Lake (North Point Press 1981) $6.00
The best volume yet by this difficult and uncompromising writer. Gorgeous production that does the poet proud. NYSSPA
Octavio Paz: A Draft of Shadows (New Directions, New York, 1979) $4.95
An essential book by a great poet. Fine English versions.
Francis Petrarch (Francesco Petrarca) Songs & Sonnets (North Point Press 1981. Ed & trans. Nicholas Kilmer) $ 7.50 NYSSPA
- from the first half of FP’s RIME, and all the poems date from Laura’s lifetime.
Frank Samperi: Letargo (Station Hill, Barrytown, NY, l980) BS/SPD
George Steiner: The Portage to San Cristobal of A.H. (Faber & Faber London/Boston 1981.) £2.95
Brilliant novel by the famous critic.
Michael Tarachow: The Turning Point (Pentagram Press 1981) BS
Michael Tarachow: Interlude (Pentagram Press 1979) BS
Charles Tomlinson: The Flood (Oxford U.P. Oxford, NY, Toronto 1981)
Best Tomlinson in a while. £3.95
James L. Weil: Uses & other selected poems. (Sparrow Press, West Lafayette, Indiana. 1981) $6.00
Beautifully produced volume of selected poems. Many old favourites are here, still creating their gentle lyric patterns in the mind. Well worth the money.
The Difficulties Vol.1 #2. ed Tom Beckett. Work by Corman, Silliman, Bernstein, Enslin, Hejinian, Eigner, Perlman, Ott, Watson & others. Write Tom Beckett, 429 Irma St, #3, Kent, Ohio 44240 USA.
Granta #4: ed Bill Buford £2.25/$5.00. Box 666, King’s College, Cambridge CB2 1ST, England. Fiction by Guy Davenport & Martin Amis. Essays by Walter Abish & Mario Vargas Llosa.
A surprisingly fine mag, & superbly produced. Good-ish symposium on problems of publishing today, with an intelligent article on poetry by Blake Morrison, despite his M.O.R. stance (he’s poetry editor of TLS, which has been notably more open to small presses since his arrival.)
Grosseteste Review Vol. 13 (1980-1981) ed Tim Longville. Available from 6 Henconner Crescent, Leeds, Yorkshire LS7 3NS, England. Splendid, though possibly the last issue of a magazine that’s always been among the best in the UK. It would be sad if it went under after 13 years, just because the grant was withdrawn. Highlights: Rakosi, Chaloner, Klein-zahler, Middleton, Bronk, Richard Emil Braun, & Peter Robinson on Roy Fisher’s POEMS 1955-1980.
Iron #32, ed. Peter Mortimer, 5 Marden Terrace, Cullercoats N. Shields. Tyne & Wear NE30 4PD ngland. 70p. Excellent production, as usual. A fine example of what a middle of the road little magazine can be. And I don’t mean MOR pejoratively. The only familiar names in the issue (to me at least) arc Kris Hemensley, and me.
Kudos #8 ed. Graham Sykes, 78 Easterly Road, Leeds LS8 3AN, West Yorkshire England. 75p. Good quality production heralds a very readable issue - Yann Lovelock, Peter Robinson & Michael Hulse are among the contributors. Also there are some unusual translations from Chinese & Walloon
Palantir #l7 ed Jim Burns, 7 Ryelands Crescent, Larches Estate, Preston, Lancashire, England. 50p. - excellent as usual. Poems by Martin Anderson, Edwin Brock, plus translations of Frantisek Halas (Czech) & George Bacovia (Romanian) Reviews & comment are of their usual high quality
Text #12 ed Mark Karlins & Bruce MeClelland, $4.00 - something of a who’s who of the US vanguard, including Rothenberg, Schwerner, Kelly, Eshleman, Sobin, Perlman, Evans, Perchik, Eigner, Metcalf, Lansing. Sobin, Eigner & Evans much the best. It’s a strangely unsettling issue, that doesn’t really work at any level - very unsettling, difficult to read & ultimately rather tedious. Strange. But it’s the last issue.
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- Modern Poetry in Translation
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