Monthly Archives: October 2010

“An Interview with Atropos,” by Wislawa Szymborska

This fall’s bonanza of Polish literature continues with new translations of the Vermeer of modern poetry, Wislawa Szymborska. Szymborska was born in 1923 in Prowent, Poland. Five collections of her poems have been published in English. She received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1996. This poem is translated by Clare Cavanagh and the great […]

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“Break the Glass,” by Jean Valentine

Little Star welcomes the appearance of Break the Glass, an enigmatic and limpid new book from Jean Valentine. Some of our favorite poems from Break the Glass are available on line: “In Prison” and “Hawkins Stable” in The New Yorker “The Whitewashed Walls” at Copper Canyon Press “Time is Matter Here” on Poetry Daily One […]


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Gjertrud Schnackenberg returns!

After a hiatus of nearly ten years, during which she published no poems that this reader could find, we receive this searing, soaring new book.  As always Schnackenberg’s poems are meticulously constructed and ornately referential: they inhabit their metaphors like a mote suspended in air.  But in Heavenly Questions Schnackenberg’s poems achieve a new degree […]

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