Synopses & Reviews
Filled with the best contemporary poetry from around the world, this unusually accessible anthology gathers together Nobel Prize -- winning poets such as Pablo Neruda, Seamus Heaney, and Derek Walcott along with lesser-known but equally enchanting poets like the Ugandan native Okot p'Bitek and Shuntaro Tanikawa of Japan. Also included are luminaries such as Jorge Luis Borges, Robert Lowell, Anna Ahkmatova, and Wole Soyinka. The Poetry of Our World features insightful essays from distinguished poets, scholars, and critics that provide the context within which a reader can appreciate the poems selected by each of them. The carefully chosen experts include Helen Vendler on the English-speaking world, K. Anthony Appiah on Africa, Carolyn Forche on Latin America, Sven Birkerts on Europe, and Anita Desai and Donald Keene, among others, on Asia. The end result is a unique anthology that is sure to be an indispensable guide through the world of contemporary poetry.
Poets from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, and the English-speaking world are selected by the most distinguished authorities in the field and showcased in this distinctive anthology of poetry from the past 50 years.
The Best Poetry of the Last Fifty Years from more than Seventy Poets and Representing the Entire Globe
Here is capacious and sparkling gathering of poems, an anthology that extends its reach from the English-speaking world to Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. This unique volume includes such well-known figures as Pablo Neruda, Anna Akhmatova, Paul Celan, Seamus Heaney, Wole Soyinka, and Elizabeth Bishop but also offers the less familiar but equally welcome voices of Ugandan Okot p'Bitek, Indian A.K. Ramanujan, and the Japanese poet Shuntaro Tanikawa. With insightful essays by such eminent scholars and poets as Helen Vendler, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Sven Birkerts, Carolyn Forché, and Bei Dao placing the selections from each region in their cultural, political, and literary contexts, The Poetry of Our World guides readers through the richest and most eclectic selection of world poetry available today.
About the Author
Jeffery Paine is the author of Father India: Westerners Under the Spell of an Ancient Culture. He is contributing editor, and was for many years literary editor, of the Wilson Quarterly. Jeffery Paine lives in Washington, D.C.