Posthumous Diary / Diario Postumo by Eugenio Montale

Translated and with an Introduction by Jonathan Galassi

Posthumous Diary is not only about solitude and despair and the fear of death; it is also about those things that alleviate existential loneliness: the friendship that comes of shared interests and beliefs, and the consolations of art.

The Emperors by Frank Manley

The Emperors is a book made up of two parts: a riveting personal memoir and a collection of poems on the pride, vanity, and wretched excesses of the Roman emperors.

Best-Selling Jewish Porn Films by Wayne Koestenbaum

“These latest poems reach swoony, unforeseen heights of mental raucousness and worshipful style.”
—Dennis Cooper

“With a nod to Woody Allen’s story “The Whore of Mensa,’ Koestenbaum proffers that largest of sex organs—the mind—and entices with erudite and smuttily trenchant wit. Charming, teasing, brainy, and slightly Seder-Masochistic, this collection asks that age-old question, “Is Crisco Kosher?””
—D.A. Powell

This is Wayne Koestenbaum’s fifth collection of poems; he has also published a novel, Moira Orfei in Aigues-Mortes, and five books of nonfiction: Double Talk: The Erotics of Male Literary Collaboration; The Queen’s Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire; Jackie Under My Skin: Interpreting an Icon; Cleavage: Essays on Sex, Stars, and Aesthetics; and Andy Warhol.

The Silent Treatment by Richard Howard

“I don’t like direct self-expression. All the work that I do is some kind of invocation of or transaction with others, whether it’s criticism, translation, or poetry. There are poems that are direct self-expression, but certainly, with some sense of preference, there is an enterprise which involves speaking through a mask, a persona. That’s what the word means: sounding through—sonans per—and I like the idea of the mask or the masks, because I’m more interested in the dialogue of others than in merely the dialogue with another—the dialogue of the others who are out there, who are not me.”
—Richard Howard

Talking Cures by Richard Howard

Howard’s title is the old name for psychoanalysis and alludes to the therapeutic powers of speech under controlled circumstances. Yet a comic atmosphere pervades, and the stress falls on the second word of the title.

Clouds, Leaves, Waves: A Painter’s Poem by Gregory Botts

Introduction by Harold Bloom.

“Botts is a celebrated and critically respected painter devoted to the American Sublime. These writings gathered from his journals and notes, attest that he is a remarkable poet as well.”
—Library Journal

Sources by Devin Johnston

 

Sources, Devin Johnston’s third book of poetry, returns ad fontes: to sources in Greek and Latin, secret derivations, wellsprings of feeling, and forces of nature. Sonically alert, these poems attend to the world with restless curiosity: “Pacing rugs/ or battered roads / we wait for what / we know we know.” Charged with expectation, they often take place on thresholds and sills, coming and going between house and street, private involutions and common life, past and present, human and animals, friends and strangers.

Shortlisted for a National Book Critics Circle Award