The Briar Patch: Selected Poems & Translations
The Briar Patch: Selected Poems & Translations by J. Kates
Rule Number One: Everything’s attached.
In the briar patch whichever way you turn, somebody gets scratched.
Volume V of the Granite State Poetry Series brings together selected poems by J. Kates with some of his best translations.
“I have always admired the clarity and quiet intensity of J. Kates’s poetry. This long-overdue collection includes a generous sampling of not only his own wry, precisely worded poems that bring to mind Seamus Heaney (“Starting School” is one of my favorites in that vein) but also his accessible translations, ranging from the ancient Romans to some of Russia’s finest voices. This volume should bring him more of the attention he has long deserved.”