Throughout the month FSG publisher, poet, and translator Jonathan Galassi will be adding his thoughts on various aspects of the poetry world.
Poetry Month so soon? Here it is, catching me up in the midst again, as we always are. We’ve been producing a lot around here, and I think the array is both broad and deep. Our new books this spring include Carl Phillips’s Double Shadow, Yusef Komunyakaa’s The Chameleon Couch, the Selected Poems of Robert Pinsky, and Les Murray’s collection Taller When Prone, as well as Murray’s poem-rich memoir of overcoming depression, Killing the Black Dog. FSG is participating in Eric Fischl’s heroic America Now and Here project by publishing the fascinating collaborative poem Crossing State Lines: An American Renga, edited by Bob Holman and Carol Muske-Dukes. Charles Wright’s Bye-and-Bye: Selected Late Poems is out next week; Adam Zagajewski’s Unseen Hand, in Clare Cavanagh’s brilliant translation, will be out in June; and the big, fat FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Latin American Poetry, edited by Ilan Stavans, is on the shelf next to new editions of Elizabeth Bishop’s Poems and Prose that we published for the centenary of her birth last February, along with Joelle Biele’s delicious, revelatory Elizabeth Bishop and The New Yorker: The Complete Correspondence.