Thursday, June 1, 2017

Thursday's Three on Poetry

Today, Thursday's Three spotlights three forthcoming collections of poetry.

Half-Light | Collected Poems 1965-2016 (Farrar Straus & Giroux, August 15, 2017) ~ This is a long-awaited volume of Frank Bidart's half-century of work; it includes a new collection Thirst. Bidart has received numerous awards, including the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award (for Metaphysical Dog) and the 2007 Bollingen Prize for American Poetry.

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Frank Bidart at Academy of American PoetsPoetry Foundation, and Wellesley College

The Lazarus Poems (Wesleyan Poetry Series, October 3, 2017) ~ Award-winning Barbadian poet, performer, and cultural theorist Kamau Brathwaite addresses racial politics and ageism in the context of appropriation, theft, isolation, and exploitation, what Brathwaite terms "cultural lynching".

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Gondwana and Other Poems (New Directions, June 27, 2017) ~ This new release by Franco-American poet, essayist, translator, and anthropologist Nathaniel Tarn "celebrates bird flight, waves, [and] the blue ice of Antarctica" while also warning of environmental catastrophe. Tarn's earlier collections include The Beautiful Contradictions, Ins & Outs of the Forest Rivers, and Lyrics for the Bride of God, a book-length poem.

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