What You Need to Know About The Winter Anthology
By The Editors on 12.16.10
From poet Michael Rutherglen (whom we interviewed in September 2009), among other curators, comes an original, thought-provoking, and utterly beautiful collection of poems: The Winter Anthology. Here’s the run-down from Michael:
The Winter Anthology is a collection of 21st century literature, American and international. Volume One includes contributions from Yves Bonnefoy, Lucie Brock-Broido, Jean Valentine, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Jack Gilbert, Charles Wright, and others. The project is a vehicle for writings that continue to privilege density, precision, earnestness, unapologetically demonstrated intellect, and sensitivity to the numinous. The editors contend that nowhere else in print or on the web can such a concentration of these particular values be found. Various strands of late 20th century thought have done much to problematize these values, but the writings collected in The Winter Anthology are neither sentimental atavisms nor naive attempts at reconstruction. Rather, they are elegies for art and artists, some explicit, many more implicit, conscious of the technological and social forces at work for good and ill in the 21st century.