Briefly Noted: PRAISE FOR BRIGHT SCYTHE, CONGRATS TO OUR INTERN, & ANIMALS STRIKE CURIOUS POSES

  • Jazzdagama Magazine wrote a beautiful review of Bright Scythe (2015) by Tomas Tranströmer and translated by Patty Crane, saying: "[Tranströmer] moves, almost secretly into the nooks and crannies of human existence, as formless as the soul, feels humanity’s quintessence palpably. His work becomes something magical to experience. . . .Patty Crane has not only maintained the cadence of Tranströmer’s original but has also grasped the element of translation as Fenollosa or Pound would have done: embracing the rhythmic sweep of the metaphor and language in an elemental and breathtaking manner. Here is that folksiness that so endeared Tomas Tranströmer to a world of readers who fell in love with his sense of the rustic nature of Swedish countryside in the beautiful music of its language; yet keeping his eye and his heart always beating with the enormous humanity which he inhabited." Read the full review by clicking here. 
     
  • Sarabande Books intern Erin Slaughter was named as a finalist for Rabbit Catastrophe Press's inaugural REAL GOOD POEM Prize, for her poem "Cow Bones." The winner of the Prize will be announced in August, and the winning poem will be printed as a limited-edition broadside. Congratulations, Erin!
     
  • Whiting Award-winner and author of Let Me Clear My Throat (2012) Elena Passarello's newest collection of essays, Animals Strike Curious Poses (forthcoming in 2017), is available for pre-order! Pre-order now to find out why Aimee Nezhukumatathil calls the book ". . .a must for anyone who values wisdom served up with verve and a genuine adoration for the creatures with which we share this flawed and dazzling world,” and Amy Fusselman says, “Elena Passarello’s wildly inventive, meticulously-rendered meditations are their own kind of perfect animal. This is a hair-raisingly beautiful book.”