Facsimiles of Time: Essays on Poetry and Translation by Eric OrmsbyFacsimiles of Time: Essays on Poetry and Translation by Eric Ormsby

Facsimiles of Time: Essays on Poetry and Translation

byEric Ormsby

Paperback | November 15, 2001

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Eric Ormsby is a poet who writes prose that is both graceful and hard-headed. With an outspoken contempt for cant and literary persiflage, Ormsby ranges over a surprising array of writers and literatures. Each essay involves a new and sometimes startling viewpoint, whether on Hart Crane's homosexuality and its effect on his poems or the strange and twisted, yet redeeming, place which Shakespeare held in his own family history. From American and Canadian poetry to Classical Arabic literature Ormsby brings a fresh slant and incisive expression to his prose.

What was Franz Kafka doing at a ski resort in the last years of his life and what did he do there besides tobogganing? Everyone knows that Jorge Luis Borges was bookish, but did you know he was bloodthirsty as well? How is Pat Lowther's posthumous reputation as a poet connected with the brutal circumstances of her murder? These and other mysteries are explored in the 17 elegant essays that make up Eric Ormby's new book.

Eric Ormsby's poetry has appeared in most of the major journals in Canada, England and the U.S., including The New Yorker, Parnassus and The Oxford American. His first collection of poems, Bavarian Shrine and other poems (ECW Press, 1990), won the QSpell Award of 1991. In the following year he received an Ingram Merrill Foundation Awar...
Title:Facsimiles of Time: Essays on Poetry and TranslationFormat:PaperbackPublished:November 15, 2001Publisher:Porcupine's QuillLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0889842264

ISBN - 13:9780889842267


Table of Contents

Preface 7

Part I: Essays on Poetry

Poetry as Isotope: The Hidden Life of Words
The Last Elizabethan: Hart Crane at 100
Hart and Fangs (on Marianne Moore's and Hart Crane's Letters)
Proved upon the Pulse (John Keats)
Posthumous Impresario (William Butler Yeats)
A Sad and Angry Summa (Geoffrey Hill)
The Dark Regime of Paradise (David Solway)
In the Peninsula of Self (Pat Lowther)
The Magic of Happenstance (Roo Borson)

Part II: Essays on Translation

Franz Kafka and the Trip to Spindelmuhle
Flypaper for Ghosts (Robert Musil)
Jorge Luis Borges and the Plural I
Jackals in Parentheses (Eugenio Montale)
A Sideshow of One (Umberto Saba)

Part III: Essays on Classical Arabic Literature

Gardens for the Sleeves
Questions for Stones: On Classical Arabic Poetry

Part IV: A Memoir

The Place of Shakespeare in a House of Pain

Editorial Reviews

`Ormsby is one of the most talented poets writing in the English language at this time -- that is to say, not one of the hundreds of fine poets writing, or one of the finest Canadian poets -- but one of a handful of the best meditative poets writing in the English language.'