Magazine article World Literature Today

Summer Reads

Magazine article World Literature Today

Summer Reads

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It's National Poetry Month as I write this, and Copper Canyon's spring catalog includes an abundance of verse collections due out this month and into early summer. New books by a phalanx of male writers- Norman Dubie, Fady Joudah, W. S. Merwin, Alberto Ríos, Richard Siken, and especially Dean Young-all clamor for attention, but I decided to choose Jean Valentine's newest work, along with two other short-fiction collections, for my recommended reads.

Calligraphy Lesson: The Collected Stories

Mikhail Shishkin

I first discovered the fiction of this Moscow-born writer in his Pushcart-nominated "We Can't Go On Living This Way," translated by Jamey Gambrell (WLT, Nov. 2009, 21-24). The only author to win all three of Russia's most prestigious literary awards, his new collection of stories-forthcoming from Deep Vellum in May-touches on eternal themes of love and loss, life and death, emigration and exile.

Shirt in Heaven

Jean Valentine

The thirteenth verse collection by New York's former state poet, Shirt in Heaven includes poems of memory, music, elegy, and compassion. …

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