Ecco’s much earlier anthology Another Republic: 17 European and South American Writers (1976), edited by Charles Simic and Mark Strand, brought important poets to the attention of North American readers. The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry’s vast and sweeping ambition covers much more territory, providing work based on one criterion, “the quality of the poem in English,” according to Kaminsky’s introduction. The result is almost five hundred pages of poetry, an incomparable collection of poets whose work has never been fully available in English or, in many cases, is sadly out of print. Some are familiar, but essential, such as Bishop and Strand’s Carlos Drummond de Andrade; Merwin’s Neruda; Simic’s Popa; Keeley and Sherrard’s Cavafy. Others are almost impossible to find in English: Edith Sodergran; and many have scarcely seen print previously in English.
Review: The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry ( March 2010 )
Poetry & Fiction