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In this remarkable anthology, introduced and edited by Ilya Kaminsky and Susan Harris, poetic visions from the twentieth century will be reinforced and in many ways revised. Here, alongside renowned masters, are internationally celebrated poets who have rarely, if ever, been translated into English.


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In this remarkable anthology, introduced and edited by Ilya Kaminsky and Susan Harris, poetic visions from the twentieth century will be reinforced and in many ways revised. Here, alongside renowned masters, are internationally celebrated poets who have rarely, if ever, been translated into English.

30 review for The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry

  1. 5 out of 5

    K. Elizabeth

    I loved this collection of poems! I'm also glad I'm starting to appreciate poetry more than I once did. I loved this collection of poems! I'm also glad I'm starting to appreciate poetry more than I once did.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Edita

    When your thoughts don’t take you too far and you are silent as you tremble and gaze at the trellis of your hands. When the chariot of your imagination does not lead you into tunnels lit up with apprehensions and lightnings as you remain silent and tremble gazing at the smoke twirling around your wrist. When the woman who lets her scarf fall through the evening’s emptiness greets you, and you don’t acknowledge her greeting, but rather remain silent, and tremble as you gaze at the destinies that unfold, lurching in you When your thoughts don’t take you too far and you are silent as you tremble and gaze at the trellis of your hands. When the chariot of your imagination does not lead you into tunnels lit up with apprehensions and lightnings as you remain silent and tremble gazing at the smoke twirling around your wrist. When the woman who lets her scarf fall through the evening’s emptiness greets you, and you don’t acknowledge her greeting, but rather remain silent, and tremble as you gaze at the destinies that unfold, lurching in your coffee cup. When the new immigrants pass by arm in arm with their local women blabbering about time that flees so soon, and you keep silent as you tremble and gaze at the table’s ambiguous wood. When you don’t sit with anyone and remember war only as a horseshoe, or a coat riddled with bullets. When, upon an evening, in a cafe the faces pass by you like copper clouds as you listen to cymbals that chime in a faraway desert or masts that break in imaginary gulfs. When the blind singer’s record spins, once upon an evening, in a cafe, the customers sigh and you walk toward the axe where it leans against the tree. —Amjad Nasser, from "Once Upon an Evening, in a Cafe"

  3. 5 out of 5

    S.

    A large collection of poetry that presented me with old friends and new discoveries. It's a great collection, perfect for reading and revisiting and keeping finding new images, new sounds, new combinations. A very good choice for a summer companion, if you want to have a book that has a wide variety of experience to offer. A large collection of poetry that presented me with old friends and new discoveries. It's a great collection, perfect for reading and revisiting and keeping finding new images, new sounds, new combinations. A very good choice for a summer companion, if you want to have a book that has a wide variety of experience to offer.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Prince Jhonny

    Absolutely the best anthology of its kind that I have encountered. Especially comprehensive (to my eyes) when it comes to Polish, Russian, and Eastern European poets. As for Latin America, you've got both extremes, both Paz and Parra. Of course, the task of compiling a truly global 20th century anthology is a herculean one, and there will inevitably be a few blind spots. The Black poets chosen are too cursory, I think--mostly presidents, which I can't help but read as a more surface engagement w Absolutely the best anthology of its kind that I have encountered. Especially comprehensive (to my eyes) when it comes to Polish, Russian, and Eastern European poets. As for Latin America, you've got both extremes, both Paz and Parra. Of course, the task of compiling a truly global 20th century anthology is a herculean one, and there will inevitably be a few blind spots. The Black poets chosen are too cursory, I think--mostly presidents, which I can't help but read as a more surface engagement w/ the curation process re: Africa & the diaspora (though the Aimé Césaire selections are impeccable, as is most of Cesaire's work). A slightly longer anthology that included more Black voices--off the top of my head, I'm thinking René Depestre (Haiti), Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo (Madagascar), Corsino Fortes (Cape Verde) and there are so many more... And I suppose which translations should be included is a matter of taste, but yikes does Robert Bly butcher Vallejo.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    So many great poems by poets I'd otherwise have been unaware of. It's a travelling book for me now. I can open it up anywhere and begin to read. Here's one by Maria Negroni I opened on just now translated from the Spanish by Anne Twitty. The Baby He who has nothing to hide, has nothing to show ---Marguerite De Hainut My baby is playing in the bath, delighted. I begin to wash his head and spend some time at this. Then he begins. When I start to rinse his hair, I can't find him. I turn around, and ther So many great poems by poets I'd otherwise have been unaware of. It's a travelling book for me now. I can open it up anywhere and begin to read. Here's one by Maria Negroni I opened on just now translated from the Spanish by Anne Twitty. The Baby He who has nothing to hide, has nothing to show ---Marguerite De Hainut My baby is playing in the bath, delighted. I begin to wash his head and spend some time at this. Then he begins. When I start to rinse his hair, I can't find him. I turn around, and there he is again. I don't understand what is happening, and grow stern. I scold him. I don't like what he's doing. The baby laughs, more and more amused, glimmers for an instant, and vanishes again. My impatience only makes things worse. he disap- pears more and more quickly, doesn't even give me time to protest. Through layers of uneasiness, I glimpse his mischievous glance; my blindness is his victory, my jealousy his passion. For a while, I go on resisting: I don't know how to welcome impotence. The baby just wants to play. The game is dazzling and lasts a lifetime.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Misneach

    Perfect collection.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Antonio Delgado

    Arguably one of the best poetry anthologies. This anthology is a life passenger.

  8. 5 out of 5

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    "Every word is a doorway to a meeting, one often cancelled, and that’s when a word is true: when it insists on the meeting." - Yannis Ritsos, from “The Meaning of Simplicity” "Every word is a doorway to a meeting, one often cancelled, and that’s when a word is true: when it insists on the meeting." - Yannis Ritsos, from “The Meaning of Simplicity”

  9. 4 out of 5

    Steve Bowbrick

    Forgive me, for a minute, while I sound like a terrible wanker, but this glorious book of poems from everywhere is a giant, unarguable statement of unity, connection, solidarity, oneness and love. Buy it, you bunch of dweebs. (or get it out of the Poetry Library at the Southbank like I did, if you live in London. It's free and wonderful). Forgive me, for a minute, while I sound like a terrible wanker, but this glorious book of poems from everywhere is a giant, unarguable statement of unity, connection, solidarity, oneness and love. Buy it, you bunch of dweebs. (or get it out of the Poetry Library at the Southbank like I did, if you live in London. It's free and wonderful).

  10. 5 out of 5

    Vincent

    I'm a bit partial, as I helped with its creation (in a small way-- this is the only time my name will appear in the same book as Anna Akhmatova's), but still... it could be better. I love just about every poem in here, but do we need that much Milosz republished? It's not like he's an obscure figure. Botton line: great intro to world poetry with a few surprises. I'm a bit partial, as I helped with its creation (in a small way-- this is the only time my name will appear in the same book as Anna Akhmatova's), but still... it could be better. I love just about every poem in here, but do we need that much Milosz republished? It's not like he's an obscure figure. Botton line: great intro to world poetry with a few surprises.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nicola

    Ja. Haan. Da. Ken. Si. Na'am. Oui. Tak. A wonderful, eclectic, refreshing collection--wonderful to slowly pour through over many months. Made me realize how amazing images and ideas must be if a poem is to be translated and still have power. I also responded to the directness of many of these voices. Though I got a little tired of anaphora, it had its efficacy too. Ja. Haan. Da. Ken. Si. Na'am. Oui. Tak. A wonderful, eclectic, refreshing collection--wonderful to slowly pour through over many months. Made me realize how amazing images and ideas must be if a poem is to be translated and still have power. I also responded to the directness of many of these voices. Though I got a little tired of anaphora, it had its efficacy too.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Margo Berdeshevsky

    What a generous collection. It holds most welcome place on my shelf-- I will return to it often.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    I read this in between things on my trip to china. Has some really gorgeous stuff. But I guess like a lot of anthologies some not so gorgeous stuff.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Harper Curtis

    A beautiful, international book, a book of wonders. This anthology should be required reading for anyone who enjoys the Norton Anthology.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sacha

    I hoped there would be more Asian content, but alas, it was mostly European - which is also good, just not as balanced as I'd hoped. I hoped there would be more Asian content, but alas, it was mostly European - which is also good, just not as balanced as I'd hoped.

  16. 5 out of 5

    James Schwartz

    Always a fan of words without borders. This is an amazing anthology, highly recommended.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sasha

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gina

  19. 4 out of 5

    Wren Marlowe

  20. 5 out of 5

    Maddie Pattin

  21. 4 out of 5

    George P

  22. 4 out of 5

    Miriam Young

  23. 4 out of 5

    Karrie Miner

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rodolfo Vitangcol

  25. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amber Graves

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

  28. 4 out of 5

    Brian

  29. 4 out of 5

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  30. 5 out of 5

    Michael Passafiume

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