Nathaniel Tarn

The American poet Nathaniel Tarn was born in Paris in 1928 and emigrated to the US in 1970, where he has lived ever since, mostly in the New Mexican desert. A leading anthropologist for many years and a pioneering translator of Pablo Neruda and Victor Segalen, Tarn, “one of the most outstanding poets of his generation” (Kenneth Rexroth), has published more than thirty books of poetry, essays, and translations—including most recently, The Beautiful Contradictions and Ins and Outs of the Forest Rivers, both available from New Directions.

Books by Nathaniel Tarn

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    The Beautiful Contradictions

    Nathaniel Tarn

    Paperback, 2013

    The Beautiful Contradictions is an awe-inspiring vortex of mythology, history, and anthropology
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    Nathaniel Tarn

    Paperback, 2017

    A new collection by America’s internationalist poet—“a vision both original and universal” (Octavio Paz)
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    Poetry Pamphlets 1-12 (Boxed Set)

    Osama Alomar, Lydia Davis, Hilda Doolittle, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Forrest Gander, Oliverio Girondo, Susan Howe, Sylvia Legris, Bernadette Mayer, Dunya Mikhail, Alejandra Pizarnik, Nathaniel Tarn, Eliot Weinberger

    Paperback, 2015

    Collections 1-12 in New Directions' Poetry Pamphlet series