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Described during his lifetime by Thom Gunn as ‘one of the most accomplished poets alive, and one of the few of whom it can be said that he will still be worth reading in fifty years time’ J. V. Cunningham was perhaps best known for his epigrams. Documenting his early style as an experimental modernist poet during the Depression and his remarkable ability as a translator The Poems of J. V. Cunningham also shows his later emergence as a master of the short, witty poems that made his name.
Incorporating much of the material from his 1971 Collected Poems and Epigrams, The Poems of J. V. Cunningham was originally published in 1997 and also includes many of his later poems and translations, some of which appeared in periodicals but have never before been collected together in a book, and is a brilliant introduction to a forgotten poet who was described by the New York Times as ‘one of the best poets in America’.
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