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Almost No Memory
Lydia Davis
Selected Poems
Philippe Jaccottet
The Tiger's Wife
Téa Obreht
Charles Dickens (Penguin Lives)
Jane Smiley
The Mansion of Happiness
Robin Ekiss
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Erik Satie
Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond - Tina Chang, Ravi  Shankar If I liked political poetry this would have gotten more stars, alas. Otherwise, there certainly is good poetry in this anthology, but I found it hard to navigate. The poems are grouped thematically rather than geographically, and to find out where a poet comes from, one needs to go to a particular index, while the poet's bio is in another index. In some cases, it's not clear, despite a bit of well-intentioned cross-indexing, where the poet is from at all, or why s/he is included in the book. The poetry is "from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond," "beyond" being NYC? My problem, then, is not with the poetry, but its organization.