Arthur Sze is the author of nine books of poetry. He is also a translator and editor and has published The Silk Dragon: Translations from the Chinese, and edited Chinese Writers on Writing. His poems have been translated into ten languages, including Burmese, Chinese, Dutch, Italian, and Spanish. His honors include the 2013 Jackson Poetry Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Lannan Literary Award. A professor emeritus at the Institute of American Indian Arts, as well as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Sze was the first poet laureate of Santa Fe, where he lives with his wife, Carol Moldaw, and daughter, Sarah.
Just as the compass rose points to the cardinal directions and is a psychic image and navigational symbol, Arthur Sze's new poems chart the ever-shifting terrain of our dizzying, contemporary world with masterful precision, imaginative force, and deep emotion. In Compass Rose, he offers a significant departure from his previous books, employing multiple voices to guide us through wondrous and complicated perspectives. Sze's poems reorient us and make us experience the ecologies of this world in full sensual detail.
“Known for his ambitious and dazzling array of subject matter, Sze exhibits a contemplative, image-based poetics in his ninth collection. Never, not even in his more lyric, manic passages do we feel the poet giving in towards a typical, anxious post-modern voice. Sze achieves a truly present tense in this book, weaving scenes of small, precise, and remarkably authentic actions throughout the poems.”
— Publishers Weekly
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