The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry by Ilya Kaminsky

By Ilya Kaminsky

“From canonical modernists like Valéry, Vallejo, and Pasternak to more youthful poets of this present day, the Ecco Anthology collects an grand spectrum of poetic voices from round the world.”—John Ashbery Edited via Ilya Kaminsky and Susan Harris of phrases borderless, The Ecco Anthology of foreign Poetry deals a range of the best overseas poetry from the 20 th century within the most sensible English translations on hand. delivering in lots of circumstances the 1st and basically English language translations of acclaimed poets from across the world, The Ecco Anthology of overseas Poetry is a special treasure and source which Gregory Orr declares, “a lovely, quintessential anthology” and Edward Hirsch calls, “a sleek ebook of wonders.”

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Uthlofan, lauflings! Hlahla! Uflofan, lauflings! Who lawghen with lafe, who hlaegen lewchly, Hlahla! Uflofan hlouly! Hlahla! Hloufish lauflings lafe ufbeloght lauchalorum! Hlahla! Loufenish lauflings lafe, hlohan utlaufly! Lawfen, lawfen, Hloh, hlouh, hlou! luifekin, luifekin, Hlofeningum, hlofeningum. Hlahla! Utlofan, lauflings! Hlahla! Utlofan, lauflings! Translatedfrom the Russian by Paul Schmidt * VELIMIR KHLEBNIKOV (ITALY, 1885-1932) Journey to Montevideo In a goat with a Semitic face I heard the cry of every woe on earth, every life on earth.

Since for him, being is unending, ungrasped and without glimpse of his condition, pure, just like his gaze. And where we see the future, he sees everything and himself in everything and healed for ever. Who turned us around this way, so that we, whatever we may do, always are in the posture of someone who's going away? As he on the last hill, that will show him his whole valley one last time, turns round, pauses, lingers­ we live that way forever saying goodbye. Translatedfrom the German by Robert Kelly And yet in the watchful warm animal is the weight and care of a great sadness.

To swim with the current of human spines. I have no need for holes in my ears, no need for seeing eyes. To your mad world- one answer-to refuse. 1938 Translatedfrom the Russian byJean Valentine and Ifya Kaminsky I And here, the Mary ofInadvertentJoy, her garden, my beloved stranger. I ; I i I: ! 60 * MARINA TSVETAEVA MARINA TSVETAEVA * 61 from Poems to Czechia Theytook--suddenly--andtook--openly-­ took mountains--and took their entrails, they took coal and took steel, from us, lead they took--and crystal.

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