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One of the most important poetry publications in years, The Collected Poems of Bertolt Brecht appears in English for the first time.
“[A] breath of fresh air…Within the bold statements, the direct speech and the willful naivety there's a lyrical dynamism and verbal agility that allows its author to dance and skip his way through the potential pitfalls of political rhetoric.” — Simon Armitage
“A remarkable feat in getting the erotic and political fervor and humor of Bertolt Brecht into a strong answering voice.” — Harold Bloom
“His poetry served as the lyric laboratory of his personal, political, and philosophical ideas. Thanks to this astonishing compendium, English-speakers finally have access to this essential aspect of Brecht’s writing and thinking. ” — Yuval Sharon
“We need Brecht more than ever, no less for his capacity to so movingly “take pleasure also/ in the song of every blackbird after me” than for the power of his political poems and songs to take on demagogues and dickheads.” — Paul Muldoon
“Brecht was a great a poet as he was a playwright: pungent and moving, both sharply aphoristic and generously expansive, morally committed, with a deep, complicating sense of his own mixed motives, and with unexpected moments of emotional intensity.” — Edward Mendelsohn
“The more than 1,000 entries — some published for the first time in English — are only about half of Brecht's lyric output. But they give a sense of the fertility of his pristine, unsentimental language and the breadth of subject and form.” — The International New York Times