Saturday, July 18, 2009

Carol Muske-Dukes

Carol Muske-Dukes is author of several essay collections, books of poetry--including Sparrow, a National Book Award finalist--and novels.

I recently asked her what she was reading. Her reply:
I'm reading Murakami's Kafka on the Shore & re-reading a fascinating book called Comparative Perspectives, which provides several translations of well-known poems in different languages (I used it in a graduate course I taught at USC last semester called The Aesthetics of Translation), re-reading Auden's The Dyer's Hand, and also (for fun) Nora Ephron's books -- the Neck one and others, including Heartburn!

And I want to read next - The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science.

I'm also reading Fagles' translation of the Aeneid and Stanley Plumly's wonderful Posthumous Keats.
Read online Carol Muske-Dukes' poems "Twin Cities," "An Octave Above Thunder," and "Like This," and visit her website.

--Marshal Zeringue