Poetry of the Americas
For National Poetry Month, here are two books filled with familiar voices and one that opens the door to new ones.
Horoscopes for the Dead (Random House) by Billy Collins is a new collection by the former U.S. poet laureate, filled with more of his beloved witty, smart, yet accessible poems.
Good Poems, American Places (Viking), selected and introduced by Garrison Keillor, is a wide-ranging anthology of poems about place by such greats as Jim Harrison, Maxine Kumin and current U.S. poet laureate W.S. Merwin.
The FSG Book of Twentieth Century Latin American Poetry (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), edited by Ilan Stavans, is a dazzling bilingual anthology of works by 84 Central and South American poets, ranging from Pablo Neruda to Roberto Bolano, with translators that include Elizabeth Bishop and Galway Kinnell.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor