Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ecco Anthology Review

Read here Three Percent’s review of the Ecco anthology that I had a small hand in bringing to light (small, but the process felt enormous). While it is not a perfect anthology (a few too many poems by the already widely read Milosz, not as many lesser known poets, lots of Europeans, not so many Africans or Asians, the terrible exclusion of Joyce Mansour, Roque Dalton, and Ernesto Cardenal), it is really a fantastic book with a wider breadth than you’ll find in most other poetry anthologies. If nothing more, it is a good introduction to international poetry for some and a nice collection of some favorites, and a few new surprises, for the more seasoned lit in translation reader.