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In 1982 William Bronk won the American Book Award for his book Life Supports: New & Collected Poems. Since then, he has written seven additional books, and Sagetrieb has devoted an entire issue to his work. Bronk is unquestionably a major poet--utterly original, uncompromisingly abstract in content, and deeply sensuous in form. Michael Heller, in The New York Times Book Review, said Bronk's poetry is "singularly persistent in its own investigation of how our deepest truths are those which are most unsayable." This volume spans Bronk's entire career, from his first book Light and Dark, to his most recent Some Words and The Mild Day (Talisman), which the Village Voice praised as "offering epigrammatic style, philosophical reverie, and haiku-like concision." Selected Poems is an indispensable collection, containing the most compelling and the most popular of Bronk's eloquent poems.
New Directions Publishing Corporation
October 01, 1995
5.23 X 7.95 X 0.28 inches | 0.24 pounds
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About the Author
Winner of the American Book Award in 1982 for LIFE SUPPORTS, his collected early poetry, William Bronk (1918-1999) is widely celebrated as one of the most accomplished poets of his generation. The recipient of the Lannan Literary Award for poetry in 1991, Bronk lived most of his life in Hudson Falls, New York, in a substantial Victorian home that became a mecca for American poets and artists.
Henry Weinfield's most recent books are AS THE CROW FLIES, a collection of poems (Dos Madres Press, 2021), and The Labyrinth of Love (Parlor Press, 2021), a verse-translation of the selected sonnets and other poems by Pierre de Ronsard. In 2019, Dos Madres published his translation of The Chimeras (Les Chimères) by Gérard de Nerval, with illustrations by the artist Douglas Kinsey. In 2018 he edited and contributed the introduction to FROM THE VAST VERSAL LEXICON: SELECTED POEMS by Allen Mandelbaum (Pennyroyal Press). His other collections of poetry include WITHOUT MYTHOLOGIES: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS AND TRANSLATIONS (2008) and A WANDERING ARAMAEAN: PASSOVER POEMS AND TRANSLATIONS (2012), both from Dos Madres. His translation of and commentary on The Collected Poems of Stéphane Mallarmé appeared in 1994 (University of California Press) and his translation, done in collaboration with Catherine Schlegel, of Hesiod's Theogony and Works and Days, in 2006 (University of Michigan Press). He is the author of three scholarly studies, the most recent of which is The Blank-Verse Tradition from Milton to Stevens: Freethinking and the Crisis of Modernity (Cambridge University Press, 2012). A native of Montreal, he taught at the University of Notre Dame from 1991 to 2019 and now lives in New York City.
They are poems I would like to have written, which I say without envy, as one does in the face of transient perfection.--Hayden Carruth