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Eight Poets Recommend New and Recent Titles

Welcome back to “Poets Recommend,” The Seawall’s semi-annual poetry feature, posted here in April and November. This season, eight poets write briefly on some of their favorite recently published titles. Scroll down to read. The commentary includes:

Dean Rader

on Unaccompanied by Javier Zamora (Copper Canyon Press)

on James Wright: A Life in Poetry by Jonathan Blunk (Farrar Straus & Giroux)

Just after the 1959 publication of his second collection of poems, Saint Judas, James Wright said, “What I would like is a poetry in our own language that is not so weighed down by guilt toward the past, which is able to contain images of what is real to us and belongs to us, and which is sometimes happy.” He strove unceasingly for the next twenty years to make poems with these quali

on The Safe House, a novel by Christophe Boltanski, translated by Laura Marris (University of Chicago Press)

In Paris, the term hôtel particulier describes a grand residence with an interior courtyard, often owned by nobility from the countryside who would stay there while visiting the city. Many of these “townhouses” were constructed in the 1600’s.

on Transatlantic Aliens: Modernism, Exile, and Culture in Midcentury America by Will Norman (Johns Hopkins University Press)

In The Impossible Exile, his biography of Stefan Zweig’s final decade, George Prochnik asks, “What makes a good exile? Is there a calculable equation of inner fortitude, openness of mind, and external networks that determines a refugee’s odds of survival?

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