In “Fragments: Poetry – Ancient and Modern” (ISBN 1470023628), poet Blue Flute blends poems from all parts of the ancient world with a fresh selection of modern verse. The book’s first half is devoted to verse culled from lost, antiquarian worlds. Ever the archivist, Flute digs deep into world history to unearth poems from ancient Greece and Rome as well as Israel in its most archaic iteration.
Ranging East and West, he includes his personal translations of Chinese, Japanese, French, Italian, Latin and Spanish poems. The Chinese and Japanese translations are an unusual adaptation into English that focuses more on the visual beauty of the work than on forcing them into traditional Western poetic forms, giving the English reader an experience closer to that of a native reader. These fragments and lyrics explore the feelings and experience that connect humanity across cultures and eras. Nature, memories, emotions and love are just some of the topics explored.
The rare collection of poetry from across the world in “Fragments” is complemented by the introduction of a dozen relatively new poets from around the world. These poets include Lily Wang from Shanghai, China, Polona Oblak from Slovenia, Claudia Schoenfeld from Germany, Charles Miller from Pennsylvania, Yiota Karioti from Athens, Greece and An Mayou from Boulder, Colo.
ForeWord Reviews writes, “‘Fragments: Poetry – Ancient and Modern’ would make an outstanding addition to a poetry library, or a good first volume to begin one. Blue Flute shows not only where poetry has been, but just as importantly, where it can go.”
The interconnections between these contemporary poets and their ancient forebears are explained in a helpful introductory essay that connects the dots between influence, history, antiquity and modernity. Blue Flute was inspired to assemble the unique collection by his fascination with foreign cultures and history as well as the beauty and music of poetry as it exists among different ages and nations. He was moved to showcase foreign poetry in English as well as introduce some relatively unknown modern poets to a much broader audience. “Fragments” ties together the shared values and common experience of these poets spanning modern-day and ancient times.
“Fragments: Poetry – Ancient and Modern” is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels and in e-book format.
About the Author: Blue Flute is a New York based poet who approaches his work as a way to connect poetry and art from different eras and distinct cultures.