In 1956, Auden gave the following assignment to his students at New York City’s 92nd Street Y.

In 1956, Auden gave the following assignment to his students at New York City’s 92nd Street Y.

Photo by Chris Hosea

Photo by Chris Hosea

War Elephants and Pious Cats: Basil Bunting’s Persian Poems


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Cover of “Bunting’s Persia: Translations by Basil Bunting” (2012) edited by Don Share, published by Flood Editions (via booktryst.com)

He mourned so long on the bare ground / his beard grew down to his chest.
—Bunting’s Persia

The recent death of William Weaver, the acclaimed translator of Italo Calvino, Umberto Eco, Primo Levi, and other modern Italian authors, spurred memories of the…

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Never mess with a poet carrying a baseball bat!

Never mess with a poet carrying a baseball bat!

"When was the last real literary piece published… the last real poem — something with juice in its kishkas, or if u got kishkas are u a romanticist?"

"When was the last real literary piece published… the last real poem — something with juice in its kishkas, or if u got kishkas are u a romanticist?"

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Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, 1828-1882. “Praise and prayer” : manuscript, [before 1862]
MS Eng 769
Houghton Library, Harvard University
One of three surviving leaves from a book of poetry buried with Elizabeth Siddall, Rossetti’s wife, in 1862, and retrieved in 1869, so the poems could be published.

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Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, 1828-1882. “Praise and prayer” : manuscript, [before 1862]

MS Eng 769

Houghton Library, Harvard University

One of three surviving leaves from a book of poetry buried with Elizabeth Siddall, Rossetti’s wife, in 1862, and retrieved in 1869, so the poems could be published.

John Ashbery at Old Sturbridge Village, ca. 1968

John Ashbery at Old Sturbridge Village, ca. 1968

Borges wearing a bread basket.  “If a cat were to give birth in an oven, would you call what she gave birth to kittens or bread?”

Borges wearing a bread basket.  “If a cat were to give birth in an oven, would you call what she gave birth to kittens or bread?”

Great poems not in the book.

Great poems not in the book.