Top of a Mountain
by Gerald Stern • from Divine Nothingness • W.W. Norton
Gerald Stern, the author of eighteen poetry collections, has won the Lamont Poetry Prize, the National Book Award, the National Jewish Book Award, the Ruth Lilly Prize, and the Frost Medal, among others.
"Sternís free verse ... repudiates old rules while not quite creating its own: his incidents take on their own life, chaotic yet restrained, broken but passionate." (Publishers Weekly)
Final judge: Edward Hirsch
"...if Leopardi's book of songs, the Canti, was 'one of the most influential works of the nineteenth century,' as Jonathan Galassi writes in the introduction to his translation, its influence was owed in part to the amount of resistance it generated. For Leopardi is the supreme poet of passive, helpless suffering—a writer who constantly reiterated in verse and prose that in human life 'there is everything to be endured, nothing to be done.'"
—Adam Kirsch MORE
- Robert Morgan
- Donald Hall
- Odi Gonzales / tr. Lynn Levin
- Joshua Edwards
- Sarah Stern
- Leonore Hildebrandt
- Rosa Alcalá, Craig Watson, Elisabeth Whitehead
- Patricia Monaghan
- Don Schofield
- Ann Cefola
- Vénus Khoury-Ghata / tr. Marilyn Hacker
- John Davis Jr.
- Philip C. Kolin
- Patrick Pritchett
- Helen Mitsios
- Harold Norse
- Simon Pettet
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Karen McCarthy Woolf's An Aviary of Small Birds reviewed by Kate Kellaway.
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Maureen N. McLane reads Liz Waldner in The New Yorker's latest poetry podcast.
A C. H. Sisson Reader, edited by Charlie Louth and Patrick McGuinness, reviewed by Nicholas Lezard. MORE