April Theme: Poetry & Architecture

For a university press like Yale, there can be no cultural celebration more noteworthy than the one that takes place in April; for a university press like Yale, there are unquestionably two month-long observances that have a special place for us each spring. Since 1996, Americans have celebrated National Poetry Month. each April, and now, opening our minds and windows the world outside, it is also Landscape Architecture Month, which gives us a chance to explore these two fascinating (and substantial) sides of our list.

The newest book in our Yale Series of Younger Poets is the first selection by contest judge Carl Phillips: Slow Lightning, by Eduardo Corral, the first Latino winner of the prize since its founding in 1919. We’ll also see more from last year’s Younger Poet competition winner, Katherine Larson, author of Radial Symmetry.

If you haven’t read the news, the Margellos World Republic of Letters website is now live, bringing to the English-speaking world works of literary importance from all parts of the globe. This month, we will publish MacArthur Fellow and poet-translator Peter Cole’s The Poetry of Kabbalah: Mystical Verse from the Jewish Tradition, who is reading tomorrow at the Yale Slifka Center in conversation with Rabbi Jim Ponet. We also welcome back to our list 2007 Younger Poet Fady Joudah, who has translated the work of Palestinian poet Ghassan Zaqtan in a new collection, Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me. Currently available on the new site are expanded book excerpts from all published titles in the series, including more from Goethe Prize-winning poet Adonis, and while new features like the Margellos WRL blog are under construction on the site this spring, you can follow along for updates on Facebook or the “Lost Without Translation” column here on the Yale Press Log.

European travelers will enjoy new books from our acclaimed list of architecture titles, such as Venice from the Water, by Daniel Savoy, and The Looshaus, by Christopher Long, and those heading to London for the 2012 Olympics will also find the social and building history of the city’s squares brought to life in Todd Longstaffe-Gowan’s The London Square: Gardens in the Midst of Town. Neil Faulkner, author of A Visitor’s Guide to the Ancient Olympics, will take us through the changing landscapes of London today in light of the ancient games, and for those looking to get a full sense of the architecture of the British Isles, be sure to check out the Pevsner Architectural Guides and satisfy all those Downton Abbey and Olympic longings.

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