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New and Selected Poems, 1938-1985

by Ben Belitt

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ISBN: 978-0-87923-626-7
Pages: 160
Size: 6" x 9"
Published: July 2001
ISBN: 978-0-87923-633-5
Pages: 160
Size: 5.73" x 8.67"
Published: January 1986
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This book of selected poems, really the best of Ben Belitt, is a great contribution to American letters. For nearly fifty years Belitt crafted this verse as powerful, original, and challenging as any in our language. Poet, translator, scholar, and critic, Belitt has a range of tone and a command of subject that is truly extraordinary. In this volume we find diverse poems of a singular voice. Belitt is a poet of iconoclastic passions, one who is able to take personal events and transform them into magical verse with masterful sequencing of words, images, and thoughts. He has always had a particular gift for turning autobiography into art, his personal geography into verse of universal meaning and poignance.
"In reading the best poems of Ben Belitt one is passed through a screen of artistry into the open air of mature, deep, universal significance. He has pointed his finger to the depths of the heart." —Richard Eberhart, New York Times Book Review
Ben Belitt
Ben Belitt was born in New York City and received is B.A. and M.A. at the University of Virginia. After completing his education, he took a position at Bennington College in Vermont, where he influenced poets such as Susan Wheeler, Reginald Shepherd, and Lynn Emanuel. In addition to his own poetry, he published translations of Spanish poets such as Pablo Neruda and Federico García Lorca, which Wheeler called not merely English transpositions but "parallel, vital new works." Belitt died in his adopted hometown of Bennington in 2003.