Recommended Reading

Ooga-Booga, poems by Frederick Seidel (FSG)

Seidel's been around for a long time. He was a founding editor of The Paris Review and conducted its 1961 interview with Robert Lowell ("The Art of Poetry, No. 3"). His first book was published in 1963.

Falling Man, a novel by Don DeLillo (Scribner)

In the June 28 issue of New York Review of Books, Andrew O'Hagan criticized "DeLillo's failure in Falling Man to imagine September 11." He also lectured that "good prose in a novel depends on its ability to exhale a secret knowledge, to have the exact weight of magic in relation to the material, the true moral rhythm." But imagining September 11 itself is not what this novel is p

Edge and Fold, poems by Paul Hoover (Apogee Press)

There are poets who believe that language persists where everything else fades and disappears, and that within language lives a moral imperative. The poet writes consciously to create specific effects.

The Great Enigma, new collected poems by Tomas Transtromer, translated by Robin Fulton (New Directions)

The Scottish poet Robin Fulton has devoted more than 30 years to rendering Transtromer's work in English. The results are stunning in their simplicity and penetration. In a 1973 interview, Transtromer said, "These poems are all the time pointing toward a greater context, one that is incomprehensible to our normal everyday reason.

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