Of No Country I Know by David Ferry
New and Selected Poems and Translations (Phoenix Poets)

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David Ferry's Of No Country I Know: New and Selected Poems and Translations provides a wonderful gathering of the work of one of the great American poetic voices of the twentieth century. It brings together his new poems and translations, collected here for the first time; his books Strangers and Dwelling Places in their entirety; selections from his first book, On the Way to the Island; and selections from his celebrated translations of the Babylonian epic Gilgamesh, the Odes of Horace, and of Virgil's Eclogues. This is Ferry's fullest and most resonant book, demonstrating the depth and breadth of forty years of a life in poetry.

"Though Ferry is perhaps best known for his eloquent translations of Horace and Virgil, "Of No Country I Know" demonstrates that he deserves acclaim for his own poetry as well."--Carmela Ciuraru, New York Times Book Review


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David Ferry's "Of No Country I Know: New & Selected Poems & Translations" won the 2000 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. He has translated "The Odes of Horace" (FSG, 1997), "The Eclogues of Virgil" (FSG, 1999), & "Gilgamesh" (FSG, 1992).
Published November 15, 1999 by University of Chicago Press. 310 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Again?"" Poems from his first two collections On the Way to the Island (1960) and Strangers (1983) seem very much of their respective eras, with the former's formalist impulses seeking an outlet in dailiness, and the latter's post-confessional ruminations forcing some embarrassing repetitions, as...

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