- Series: Pulitzer Prize in Letters: Poetry Winner
- Hardcover: 64 pages
- Publisher: Graywolf Press (September 3, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 155597662X
- ISBN-13: 978-1555976620
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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3 Sections: Poems (Pulitzer Prize in Letters: Poetry Winner) Hardcover – September 3, 2013
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I would have appreciated a preface that sheds light on the captivating three Urdu poems included in this collection. Are these translations? My meager knowledge of Urdu poetry tells me that they are, but I am not sure. I also did not care too much about the prose section or the longish personal essay.
Overall, it is a delightful, thought provoking read and there can be no doubt that the poet is highly intelligent and gifted.
Now, I have this keepsake. There are so many poems in this book we can all relate. It's fun to read.