Dream of a Journey: Selected Poems by Kateřina Rudčenková | Friday Pick

Kateřina RudčenkováDream of a Journey:Selected PoemsEdited and translated by Alexandra BüchlerParthian Books2021, 120 pages Dream of a...
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There was a rippling pond and the croaking of frogs / and various birds anas crecca, / there was the tingling of sand on the Borecké Rocks / and the cracking of pinecones

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Friday Pick: 1996 by Sara Peters

Sara Peters’ "1996" (House of Anansi) is a debut so fully realized it is hard to believe that it is the poet’s first. Peters, a rising star in Canadian poetry, establishes a voice that is distinctly her own. With freshness and maturity, 1996 carries the reader through subjects that are, in Robert Pinsky’s words, “deeper than mere darkness.”

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