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Names: Poems Hardcover – November 23, 2009

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Hacker's virtuosic rhymes, syllabics and other traditional devices give discipline and elegance to her learned, yet direct, clear, personal, work: her daily life in Paris and New York, her affection for other writers, her lesbian identity and her left-wing politics find generous expression in this 12th book. Those who found her earlier work of the 1990s too casual could find real power here: reacting to violence in Iraq and in the Middle East, to America's sometimes baleful foreign policies, and contemplating the mortality of her friends, Hacker achieves a sometimes grim compression. “I tease out metaphors to link desire/ and stasis, coffee, shadows, lavender;/ in my name, sons and sisters die Elsewhere.” So she writes in an abbreviated crown of sonnets; a ghazal (one of 11, all composed according to strict older rules) rebukes the poet for “easy, dishonest verses./ Nothing protects your poetry from the love that kills.” Hacker has herself become an eminent translator (of Venus Khoury-Ghata and Claire Malroux, among many others); her attention to Francophone and Arabic writers, alongside and against her American Jewish heritage, helps give this collection its sometimes surprising force. (Nov.)
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“Reminiscent of the work of Richard Wilbur and Hayden Carruth, this new book will appeal to readers with a love of lyrical and elegant language.” (Library Journal)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (November 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393072185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393072181
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,305,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marilyn Hacker is the author of twelve books of poems, including Names (Norton, 2009) Essays on Departure (Carcanet Press, UK, 2006)and Desesperanto (Norton, 2003). Her twelve volumes of translations from the French include Rachida Madani's Tales of a Severed Head (Yale University Press, 2012) Emmanuel Moses' He and I (Oberlin College Press, 2009), Marie Etienne's King of a Hundred Horsemen (Farrar Strauss and Giroux, 2008) which received the 2009 American PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, and Vénus Khoury-Ghata's Nettles (The Graywolf Press, 2008). She lives in New York and Paris. She is a past recipient of the Lenore Marshall Award, the Poets' Prize, the National Book Award, two Lambda Literary Awards and the PEN Voelcker Award in Poetry in 2010, and is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She received the Argana International Poetry Award from the House of Poetry/ Beit as-Sh'ir in Morocco in 2012.

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