What Are We Reading for Poetry Month?
In celebration of National Poetry Month, we wanted to share with you the poets we’ve recently been reading and enjoying. We all know how difficult it is to choose a book–especially when there are so many incredible ones piling up around us–so here’s a nice short list of recommendations–both in translation and not–for you to pick from this month:
Kim Yideum’s Cheer Up, Femme Fatale, translated from the Korean by Ji Yoon Li, Don Mee Choi, and Johannes Görensson: “Very much in the tradition of Kim Hyesoon: rangy, with almost a polyphonic quality, incorporating both high and low registers.” — CJ Evans, Two Lines Press Editorial Director
Olena Kalytiak Davis’s The Poem She Didn’t Write and Other Poems
Tomasz Rozycki’s Colonies, translated from the Polish by Mira Rosenthal
Jorge Esquinca’s Description of a Flash of Cobalt Blue, expertly translated from the Spanish by Dan Bellm
Beloved Argentine poet Alejandra Pizarnik’s Extracting the Stone of Madness will soon come out from New Directions, translated from the Spanish by Yvette Siegert
The Mansion of Happiness by Robin Ekiss: “Vaguely inspired by old board games, curiosity cabinets, and automatons (as well as the poet’s personal history).” — Erin Branagan, Communications Director
And of course, this year’s PEN Award for Poetry in Translation winner The Collected Poems of Chika Sagawa, translated from the Japanese by Sawako Nakayasu
So get dust off your bookshelves, hit the book stores, and get reading!