Justin's Staff Picks

Breathturn into Timestead: The Collected Later Poetry: A Bilingual Edition Cover Image
By Paul Celan, Pierre Joris (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780374125981
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - December 2nd, 2014

“Near, in the aortic arch, / in the light-blood: / the light-word.” To me, this is the most significant literary event of the last decade. The collected later poems of Paul Celan is absolutely indispensible for any lover of language. Recently, I heard Joris read one of his own poems, saying “[Celan] spoke through me.” As an accomplished poet himself, Joris is somehow able to breathe life into Celan’s idiosyncratic speech, turning it both palpable and powerful for every English reader.

Suck on the Marrow Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597094689
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Published: Red Hen Press - January 15th, 2010

I am still searching for the words to qualify this book. The unutterable history it represents. The documentation and imagination in Suck on the Marrow is riveting. Dungy is a poet of the highest order, one who stiches the history of a country that, in some ways, still refuses to piece together its nightmares.