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Of No Country I Know: New and Selected Poems and Translations (Phoenix Poets)

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David Ferry's Of No Country I Know: New and Selected Poems and Translations provides a wonderful gathering of the work of one of the great American poetic voices of the twentieth century. It brings together his new poems and translations, collected here for the first time; his books Strangers and Dwelling Places in their entirety; selections from his first book, On the Way to the Island; and selections from his celebrated translations of the Babylonian epic Gilgamesh, the Odes of Horace, and of Virgil's Eclogues. This is Ferry's fullest and most resonant book, demonstrating the depth and breadth of forty years of a life in poetry.

"Though Ferry is perhaps best known for his eloquent translations of Horace and Virgil, "Of No Country I Know" demonstrates that he deserves acclaim for his own poetry as well."—Carmela Ciuraru, New York Times Book Review

About the Author

David Ferry was born in Orange, New Jersey in 1924. He is the author of a number of books of poetry and has translated several works from classical languages. Currently he is the Sophie Chantal Hart Professor Emeritus of English at Wellesley College, as well as a visiting lecturer in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at Boston University and a distinguished visiting scholar at Suffolk University.

His book of new and selected poems and translations, Of No Country I Know, published in 1999 by the University of Chicago Press, received the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets and the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress.

In 2011 he was awarded the $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement. Other awards include the Sixtieth Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets, the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award, the Teasdale Prize for Poetry, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the Ingram Merrill Award, and the William Arrowsmith Translation Prize from AGNI magazine. He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1998.

He won the 2012 National Book Award for Poetry for Bewilderment.

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Alan Shapiro

Acknowledgments

NEW POEMS AND TRANSLATIONS

Part I

What's Playing Tonight

Character Analysis of Mary in Earlier Life

At Lake Hopatcong

Wolf Woman

Little Vietnam Futurist Poem

Song of the Drunkard

Movie Star Peter at the Supper for Street People

On a Poem by Arthur R. Gold

Wallenda

Backyard Dog

The License Plate

An Alphabet

Part II

My Harvest

An Autumn Afternoon

Courtesy

Down by the River

Hälfte des Lebens

An die Parzen

Roman Elegy X

News from Mount Amiata

About Sylvia's Stories and Teaching

She Speaks Across the Years

That Evening at Dinner

Multas per gentes

Shubshi-meshre-Shakkan

Old People

The Chair

from ON THE WAY TO THE ISLAND (1960)

Part I

The Late-Hour Poem

The Bird

The Soldier

At a Bar

Out in the Cold

A Farewell

In the Dark

Learning from History

Part II

Augury

The Embarkation for Cythera

On the Way to the Island

Quand vous serez bien vieille

The Crippled Girl, The Rose

Musings of Mind and Body

Part III

Poems of Marianne Moore

Johnson on Pope

Dog and Fox

The Unawkward Singers

What It Does

Part IV

By the Sea Shore

The Beach at Evening

Descriptive

Aubade

Envoi

STRANGERS: A BOOK OF POEMS (1983)

Part I

A Tomb at Tarquinia

At the Bus Stop; Eurydice

Ellery Street

My Mother's Dying

Several Voices

A Night-Time River Road

Part II

On a Sunday Morning

Sculptures by Dimitri Hadzi

Evening News I

Evening News II

Part III

Caprimulgidae

A Charm

On Haystack Mountain

The Waiting

Table Talk

Cythera

In Eden

A Walk in the Woods

Seen Through a Window

Out at Lanesville

Part IV

To Sestius

La Farandola dei Fanciulli

In Balance

Part V

A Telephone Call

At the Hospital

At the Hospital

To Sally

At the Hospital

Part VI

After Spotsylvania Court House

Photographs from a Book: Six Poems

Graveyard

Counterpart

Part VII

Rereading Old Writing

DWELLING PLACES: POEMS AND TRANSLATIONS (1993)

Part I

Strabo Reading Megasthenes

Dives

The Guest Ellen at the Supper for Street People

Committee

Civilization and Its Discontents

The Blind People

The Proselyte

Part II

A Young Woman

Goodnight

Nocturnal

Abyss

Name

Of Rhyme

Epigram

Autumn

Garden Dog

Horses

Unos Caballos

Roof

A Morning Song

Of Violets

Levis Exsurgit Zephirus

Herbsttag

The Lesson

In the Garden

Roman Elegy VIII

When We Were Children

Part III

Mnemosyne

Part IV

Harvesters Resting

Mary in Old Age

Prayer to the Gods of the Night

Envoi

from GILGAMESH: A NEW RENDERING IN ENGLISH VERSE (1992)

Tablet VII

Tablet VIII

from THE ODES OF HORACE: A TRANSLATION (1997)

To Leuconoë (i.11)

To Varus (i.18)

To the Republic (i.14)

Cleopatra (i.37)

Of the God's Power (i.34)

To Tyndaris (i.17)

To His Lyre (i.32)

To Virgil (i.24)

from THE ECLOGUES OF VIRGIL (1999)

Eclogue Five

Eclogue Nine

TWO EPISTLES OF HORACE (1998-)

To Florus (ii.2)

Envoi (i.13)

Notes

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226244877
Author:
Ferry, David
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Rome
Subject:
Latin poetry
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Latin poetry -- Translations into English.
Subject:
Rome Poetry.
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Phoenix Poets Series
Publication Date:
19991131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
310
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6.13 in

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