Strangest of Theatres

 

Edited by Jared Hawkley, Susan Rich, and Brian Turner
Poets in the World series editor: Ilya Kaminsky, director of the Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute

Copublished with McSweeney’s Books, The Strangest of Theatres explores how poets who are willing to venture beyond our borders can serve as envoys to the wider world and revitalize American poetry in the process.

Original and reprinted essays by contemporary poets who have spent time abroad address questions of estrangement, identity, and home. These reflections represent a diverse atlas of experience and include work by Kazim Ali, Naomi Shihab Nye, Nick Flynn, Yusef Komunyakaa, Claudia Rankine, Alissa Valles, and many others.

Following these literary reflections is a roundtable conversation among fourteen poets as well as a section that provides practical resources for finding work abroad, applying for fellowships and residencies, funding a trip, obtaining proper travel documents, and attending to other cultural considerations. This inspiring, useful book addresses concerns relevant to any American writer preparing to go abroad, already traveling, just returning, or simply dreaming of the faraway.

Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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