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Holiday Reading List 2015 |poetry|

As the year comes to a close, take a few moments to peruse our selections of notable books from the second half of 2015. With a range of titles from children's books and graphic novels to classic poetry and uproarious fiction, there's something on this list for everyone on yours.

Check out our fiction list here, as well as the selections for children's books, graphic novels, and nonfiction.

 

POETRY

Guillaume Apollinaire, Zone: Selected Poems | New York Review Books | Translated by Ron Padgett

This marvelous bilingual edition showcases the full range of the French poet's work, from his early lyrical poems to the groundbreaking calligrams and everything in between. Padgett's remarkable translation breathes life into Apollinaire's imagery and musicality for new and seasoned readers alike.

 

René Char, The Inventors and Other Poems | Seagull Books | Translated by Mark Hutchinson

A selection of forty poems that serve as a cross-section of the influential 20th century poet's mature work, with special attention to the lapidary propositions that cemented his fame. A terrific companion to Char's larger volume, Hypnos.

 

Henri Michaux, Life in the Folds | Wakefield Press | Translated by Darren Jackson

The Belgian-born poet and painter presents bleak glimpses of formless figures attempting to live through struggle and destruction. Intense in its psychological brutality and anguished tone, this collection highlights the postwar greyness and ambiguity of Michaux's position.

 

Nicole Brossard, Ardour | Coach House Books | Translated by Angela Carr

Brossard writes at the threshold of language and silence, which, in this smashing collection, is itself a connection that the reader must embrace. The language is fluid and intimate, with certain passages nearly falling off the page if not handled with care.

 

Don't forget our fiction list here, as well as the selections for children's books, graphic novels, and nonfiction.

 

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