Preface 1. On the Strassenbahn with Klaus Merz's Poetry 2. Friedrich Ho;lderlin, Our Contemporary 3. German Poetry beyond Rilke, Benn, and Brecht 4. The Unexpected Compassion of Gottfried Benn 5. Reading Contemporary Poetry in Weimar 6. Translating Swiss Poetry in Looren 7. The Italian Poets Are Coming! 8. Meeting up with Lorenzo Calogero in Florence 9. "Guardami, dimmi, e cosi per te": Alfredo de Palchi 10. Sandro Penna's Secret Poems 11. The Dark of Love: Patrizia Cavalli 12. Poetic Ljubljana 13. Edvard Kocbek, Emmanuel Mounier, the French Review Esprit, and Personalism 14. Questions of Daily Life and Beyond: Milan Djordjevi 15. The Tiger Is the World: Tomislav Marijan Bilosni 16. The Unshackling of Albanian Poetry 17. Standing by Pointlessness: Kiki Dimoula 18. Manolis Xexakis's Captain Super Priovolos: Notes for an Exegesis 19. A Panorama of Turkish Love Poetry: Birhan Keskin and Other Contemporary Women Poets 20. The Seventh Gesture: Tsvetanka Elenvoka 21. The Wonder-like Lightning of Prose Poetry 22. Love According to Luca 23. Discovering Benjamin Fondane 24. The Desire to Affirm: George Szirtes 25. Prague as a Poem: Vitzslav Nezval and Emil Hakl 26. A Rather Late Letter from Wrocaw 27. The Self and Its Selves: A Journey through Poetic Northern Climes 28. The Russian Poets Are Coming! 29. The Five Angles of the Golden Rectangle: Tomas Venclova 30. Telling Dichotomies: Maria do Cebreiro and Kristiina Ehin 31. The Metaphysics of the Kiss: Vicente Aleixandre 32. A Spanish Metaphysical Poet Searching for Songs of Truth: Jose angel Valente 33. The Passion and the Patience of Eugenio de Andrade 34. The Past Hour, the Present Hour: Yves Bonnefoy Notes Bibliography Index
John Taylor is the author of Paths to Contemporary French Literature (volumes 1-3) and Into the Heart of European Poetry. He is the author of books of fiction, short prose, and poetry. He writes for the Times Literary Supplement and authors the "Poetry Today" column in the Antioch Review.
"Taylor is a multilingual American poet and scholar long resident in France, an eminent translator, and a widely published book reviewer. Like his other books-including Into the Heart of European Poetry - this one collects and revises some of Taylor's previously published criticism into a varied, thoughtful sampling of recent Continental literature... He quotes plentifully, reads closely, and, since most of the poems treated are in English, he unpacks the translations, deftly. Dozens of little-known authors are introduced and commented on, as are a few more recognizable, like Vicente Aleixandre, Gottfried Benn, and Yves Bonnefoy. Many of the books cited are from small presses, so the extensive bibliography is especially helpful... Highly recommended. All readers." - M. Kasper, Choice Magazine