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Selected Poems
Nathaniel Tarn

Wesleyan Poetry Series

2002 • 256 pp. 6 x 9"

$21.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-6542-6

Linguistically and formally audacious, Tarn is a true innovator.

For some forty years, Nathaniel Tarn has been celebrated as an extraordinary figure in American writing. His work in a variety of scholarly and literary genres has ranged from Maya ritual to Jewish mysticism, the monasteries of Burma to the arctic seas of Alaska. One of the founders of ethnopoetics, he has brought to poetry an almost limitless range of interests and a remarkable dexterity in both open and closed forms. As Eliot Weinberger has written, “What holds it together is Tarn’s ecstatic vision, his continuing enthusiasm for the stuff of the world.”

Reviews / Endorsements

"Anthropologist, editor, critic and translator, Nathaniel Tarn is above all a poet. Poetry is at the center of his personality and his activity. His work, in full growth, reveals a rich temperament, a remarkable linguistic inventiveness and a vision both original and universal."Octavio Paz, recipient of the 1990 Nobel Prize of Literature

"Despite that many have been hard to find, Tarn's books have inspired a wild, almost religious devotion among readers. Long anticipated, The Selected Poems is a tremendous force field in which world and perception collaborate in innovative formal 'architextures,' a language that has no like."Forrest Gander, author of Torn Awake


Short-listed for the Phi Beta Kappa Poetry Award (2002)
Runner-up for the PEN Center USA's Literary Award in Poetry (2003)

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