Bonnard's Mirror, Which Still Exists
by Brenda Butka • from The Threepenny Review
Brenda Butka lives, writes, and practices medicine in Nashville, Tennessee.
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"The Threepenny Review is one of the most original literary magazines not only in the U.S. but also on the entire planet..." (Adam Zagajewski)
"Love, loss, rage, envy, loyalty, heroism, spiritual aspiration, ethical and political dilemmas—the Mahabharata brings to life all these timeless human experiences, and more. I had been familiar with the story in outline for many years, but there came a point, in about 2007, when dissatisfaction with the various translations, abridgments, and versions of it in English prose crystallized into a wish to try to retell it myself—in the form of a poem, as the original is a poem. The sheer scale and grandeur of the epic were both daunting and exhilarating—the literary equivalent of the soaring Himalayan peaks which are a reference point for so many of its characters."—Carole Satyamurti MORE
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April is on the way and, as always during Poetry Month and our annual fund drive, we've asked 21 poets (including Tarfia Faizullah, Peter Sirr, Luisa A. Igloria, and Joshua Mehigan, pictured here) to select poems to be delivered to you by e-mail Monday through Friday of each week in April — their favorites from among The Greats — and to add their comments on the poems.
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And in the meantime, if you missed last year's feature, have a look at last year's picks...
- Albert Goldbarth
- Wisława Szymborska, tr. Clare Cavanagh
- Clive James
- Adam Day
- Rich Ives
- Rebecca Foust
- Jane Hirshfield
- Arundhathi Subramaniam
- John Amen
- Jared Smith
- Pamela Davis
- Terrance Hayes
- Deborah Meadows
- Re'Lynn Hansen
- Jessica Jacobs
- Carol Potter
- Mark Neely
- Patty Seyburn
- Megan Levad
- Linda Lerner
- Clare MacQueen
- Nathalie Handal
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