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  • Come On In!by Charles Bukowski

    Canongate Books 2007; US$ 19.13

    Bukowski's unmistakable charisma ? an ex-down-and-outer who wrote of booze and loneliness in maverick, confident free verse ? made him one of the world?s most popular poets long before he died in 1994. More than a decade later, death has not slowed his production. This collection is selected from an archive of verse that the author left to be published... more...

  • Scottish Balladsby Emily Lyle

    Canongate Books 2010; US$ 10.79

    Edited and Introduced by Emily Lyle. Scotland?s ballads represent one of the high-water marks of Scottish literature and are famous as superb expressions of oral culture, reflecting a world of magic, deep passion and history transformed into legend. This selection includes more than eighty of the finest ballads, together with an introduction, notes... more...

  • Annalsby Tacitus

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; US$ 20.78

    A compelling new translation of Tacitus' Annals , one of the greatest accounts of ancient Rome, by Cynthia Damon. Tacitus' Annals recounts the major historical events from the years shortly before the death of Augustus to the death of Nero in AD 68. With clarity and vivid intensity Tacitus describes the reign of terror under the corrupt Tiberius,... more...

  • The Mountain Poems of Meng Hao-Janby Meng Hao-Jan; David Hinton

    Steerforth Press 2012; US$ 14.00

    The first full flowering of Chinese poetry occurred in the illustrious T?ang Dynasty, and at the beginning of this renaissance stands Meng Hao-jan (689-740 c.e.), esteemed elder to a long line of China?s greatest poets. Deeply influenced by Ch?an (Zen) Buddhism, Meng was the first to make poetry from the Ch?an insight that deep understanding lies beyond... more...

  • A Gold Orchidby Lenore Mayhew; William McNaughton

    Tuttle Publishing 1972; US$ 3.95

    A Gold Orchid is a rare collection of classical Chinese erotic and love poetry translated for the first time. Chinese erotic poetry was at one time thought to be nonexistent, simply because it was considered unfit to translate from the imperial anthologies, This translation of poems of Tzu Yeh, a 4th-century wine shop girl, exposes a world the... more...

  • The Four Seasons of T'ang Poetryby John C.H. Wu

    Tuttle Publishing 1972; US$ 12.95

    This substantial collection of Tang Dynasty poetry includes extensive commentary and notes—offering insight into this rich literary heritage. "Stretching out my hand I feel the pulse of the stars," wrote Li Po, one of the most famous of the T'ang dynasty poets. This superlative study of the Golden Age of Chinese poetry, based on nearly 50,000 poems... more...

  • The Penguin Book of American Verseby Geoffrey Moore

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 23.98

    A classic anthology of American poetry, from the colonial beginnings in the seventeenth century right through to the twentieth century. From Anne Bradstreet to Ralph Waldo Emerson, from William Carlos Williams to Walt Whitman, from Emily Dickenson to Ai, this collection ranges widely across the American poetic spectrum. more...

  • The Poetry of Petrarchby David Young; Petrarch

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 16.99

    Ineffable sweetness, bold, uncanny sweetness that came to my eyes from her lovely face; from that day on I'd willingly have closed them, never to gaze again at lesser beauties. --from Sonnet 116 Petrarch was born in Tuscany and grew up in the south of France. He lived his life in the service of the church, traveled widely, and during... more...

  • Chinese Rhyme-Proseby Burton Watson; Lucas Klein

    New York Review Books 2015; US$ 15.95

    Selected as one of the sixty-five masterpieces for the UNESCO Collection of Representative Works The fu , or rhyme-prose, is a major poetic form in Chinese literature, most popular between the 2nd century b.c. and 6th century a.d. Unlike what is usually considered Chinese poetry, it is a hybrid of prose and rhymed verse, more expansive than... more...

  • The Complete Poemsby Robert Graves

    Penguin Books Ltd 2015; US$ 32.00

    Graves described poetry as his ruling passion, and for him love was 'the main theme and origin of true poems'. He created a rich mythology where love, fear, fantasy and the supernatural play an essential role. Intimate yet universal, passionate yet precise, their brilliant alchemy of realism and magic made Graves's poems some of the finest of the last... more...